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Recognizing Contact Dermatitis Symptoms

Recognizing Contact Dermatitis Symptoms

Posted by Johns Creek Dermatology in Skin Conditions 29 Apr 2014

Hands with Contact Dermatitis | Johns Creek DermatologySpring is here and summer can’t be far off. For some people, that means that contact dermatitis is a real possibility as clothes, perfume, jewelry, cosmetics and even nail polish start to reflect the seasons. People will also spend more and more time outdoors, which means more opportunities to come into contact with allergens and irritants.

What Is Contact Dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is essentially a rash caused when the skin comes into contact with something a person is sensitive to. These rashes can be found anywhere on the body and they arise from the immune system overreacting to a substance that is harmless in most other people.

There are a few types of contact dermatitis. In irritant dermatitis, the substance that causes the rash touches the skin. Metals are often implicated in this type of dermatitis, especially nickel. Other irritants can be soaps, rubber, detergents, shampoos, nail polish, paint, ink and toiletries. Formaldehyde, which is found in everything from furniture to newspapers, is a notorious cause of irritant dermatitis.

Allergic dermatitis happens when the immune system tries to protect the body against a foreign substance the person is allergic to. Many people will break out in a rash if they even touch things like eggs, shellfish, berries or nuts. The skin’s reaction to poison ivy, oak or sumac are well-known types of allergic dermatitis. Some people even develop an allergic reaction to the sun, especially if they’ve used cosmetics.

Contact Dermatitis Symptoms

Contact dermatitis symptoms can begin as a rash that’s red and itchy. The rash can turn into blisters, and the skin can begin to crack and peel. How bad the symptoms get depends on how sensitive the person is to the allergen or irritant. The discomfort of the condition leaves people wondering how to treat contact dermatitis. Mild cases usually don’t require treatment. However, if the contact dermatitis symptoms keep the person up at night, or if the blisters are oozing or look infected, he or she should see a dermatologist as soon as possible.

A patient who lives in the vicinity of Atlanta, Georgia and has a tormenting rash that’s simply not healing should contact Dr. Shereen Timani of Johns Creek Dermatology for a consultation. Dr. Timani and her staff will know how to treat contact dermatitis in a way that’s safe, effective and long-lasting. Call today at (770) 771-6591.

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