Skin Channel
Topics
Medications
Quicklinks
Related Channels

Contact Dermatitis Information

When exposed to an irritating or allergenic substance, the skin may become red, dry, and itchy -- this is known as contact dermatitis. Because the condition affects people differently, the symptoms vary. Other common symptoms include pain, blistering, and swelling.
 
There are two types of this condition:
 
  • Irritant contact dermatitis: This occurs when the skin comes in contact with an irritating substance that actually damages the skin, such as a soap, detergent, gasoline, or lye
  •  
  • Allergic contact dermatitis: This reaction occurs when the skin comes in contact with something it is allergic to, such as poison ivy, poison oak, or certain dyes.
  •  
Treatment will depend on the cause and severity of symptoms, and may involve:
 
  • Avoiding the cause of the symptoms
  • Taking medications
  • Using lubricants or other treatments.
  •  
(For more information, click Contact Dermatitis. This article takes a closer look at this condition, including how it is diagnosed and other possible causes.)
 

Contact Dermatitis Information

Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.