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Medications and Other Options for Contact Dermatitis

Other Treatments

Depending on the cause of contact dermatitis, your healthcare provider may recommend other treatments. For example, treatment for poison oak or ivy may also include:
  • Thoroughly washing the skin with soap and water as soon as possible after the exposure.
  • Washing clothing and all objects that touched the plant to prevent re-exposure.
  • Using cold wet compresses with saline, water, milk, or aluminum subacetate.
  • Shake lotions, such as calamine lotion. As the name implies, shake lotions must be shaken before being applied in order to mix the active ingredient. These medicines help with itching, but should not be used for extended periods of time.
  • Short cool tub baths with or without colloidal oatmeal (Aveeno®).
For other cases of contact dermatitis, your healthcare provider may recommend lubricating creams and ointments to help restore the skin's moisture, increase the rate of healing, and establish a barrier against further drying and irritation. Some of these skin lubricants include Eucerin®, Aquaphor®, and Cetaphil®. A mild bar soap or non-soap cleanser may also be recommended because normal soaps can be drying to the skin.

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