Some types of dermatitis are easier to prevent than others. Allergic and irritant contact dermatitis can be prevented by avoiding skin contact with the agents that cause the dermatitis. However, if you come into contact with an irritant, such as poison ivy, wash the exposed skin with soap and water as soon as possible. Most other types of dermatitis develop in people with sensitive skin and can be prevented only by avoiding the irritant.
If you feel you are at risk for dermatitis, consider these preventive steps: