Sources of contact dermatitis
Increasing numbers of adults and children are visiting their Charlotte dermatologist because of contact dermatitis from many of the ingredients used in household cleaning products. Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) develops when someone’s skin has an allergic reaction to any substance placed on to the skin. This can go beyond the dangerous chemicals in cleaning products. It also includes products designed to be placed on our skin such as antibiotic creams, soaps, shampoos, lotions, perfumes, and makeup. The skin typically reacts by developing an itchy, red, scaling rash. If the reaction is severe, blisters and oozing of fluid may occur. Your dermatologist can provide the proper medical treatments that can help to diminish or to control the symptoms. Usually, a comprehensive examination and patch testing is necessary to identify the offending allergen.
What is Contact Dermatitis?
Contact dermatitis commonly refers to an irritation of the skin that results in a rash caused by something that can be categorized as either irritant or an allergen. An irritant can be anything that causes an inflammatory reaction in your skin. The reaction can vary from one individual to another. Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to a foreign substance. Allergic contact dermatitis can be caused by something that we touch or by something that we consume in food or medicine. You may not experience a reaction the very first time you are exposed to an allergen. There may not be a visible rash, but your skin may become sensitized, and may react the next time you are exposed. Patients and family member should realize that the rashes caused by irritant or allergic contact dermatitis are not contagious. Although it can be very uncomfortable, it is usually not dangerous.
Tips for dealing with contact dermatitis
- When using a cleaner that is comprised of toxic chemicals that are labeled dangerous, poisonous, or that should be used in a well ventilated area; be sure to wear gloves and protective clothing. This includes the use of gentle cleaners, especially if you have sensitive skin.
- In the event that you do experience a reaction, immediately wash your skin with a mild, fragrance-free soap.
- If you develop a rash that becomes very painful, or that is interfering with your daily activities, you need to see a dermatologist. He or she can provide treatment that will have most cases of contact dermatitis cleared up within a few weeks. However, in more severe cases, additional medical attention may be necessary.
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If you are dealing with contact dermatitis, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte provides high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your skin condition.