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How is contact dermatitis treated?

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The best method is prevention. Find out what causes your rash and avoid it. You may need to wear gloves to protect your skin. When you do have a reaction, try to ease the symptoms and prevent an infection. Don't scratch, even though that's a hard urge to resist. Over-the-counter products and home remedies can help relieve the itching and stop the swelling. Try these:

Talk to your doctor about what's best for your specific rash. For example, corticosteroids are good for poison ivy, oak, and sumac. Your doctor can prescribe stronger medicines if needed, too.

  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Ointments like calamine lotion
  • Antihistamines
  • Cold compresses
  • Oatmeal baths

SOURCES:

Handa, S. , November-December 2011. Indian Journal of Dermatology

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunolgy: "Skin Allergy."

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Contact Dermatitis."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Contact Dermatits."

Santos, R. , 2007. Contact Dermatitis

Kanerva's Occupational Dermatology , Springer, 2012.

FDA: "T.R.U.E. Test: Full Prescribing Information." 

Nelson, J. , October 2010. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Medscape: “Contact Dermatitis: An Overview.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Hives (Urticaria).”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Handa, S. , November-December 2011. Indian Journal of Dermatology

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunolgy: "Skin Allergy."

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Contact Dermatitis."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Contact Dermatits."

Santos, R. , 2007. Contact Dermatitis

Kanerva's Occupational Dermatology , Springer, 2012.

FDA: "T.R.U.E. Test: Full Prescribing Information." 

Nelson, J. , October 2010. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Medscape: “Contact Dermatitis: An Overview.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Hives (Urticaria).”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 12, 2018

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