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What should you know about dermatitis?

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Something touches your skin, and your immune system thinks it's under attack. It overreacts and sends antibodies to help fight the invader, called an allergen. The result is a red, itchy rash where the substance landed. Your doctor calls this contact dermatitis. There are two types:

  • Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by chemicals like harsh cleaners.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis is just like it sounds -- your body reacts to an allergy trigger.

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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