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.)