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What are common triggers of allergic contact dermatitis?

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Some people are also allergic to over-the-counter topical triple-antibiotic ointments. All told, thousands of substances can cause allergic dermatitis.

  • Fragrances
  • Preservatives
  • Cosmetics
  • Poison ivy
  • Topical antibiotics
  • Rubber or latex
  • Metals in jewelry, such as nickel

From: Combating Common Skin Irritants WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Online: “Dermatitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Robin Ashinoff, MD, director of cosmetic dermatology and Mohs and laser surgery, Hackensack Medical Center, N.J.

Lisa A. Garner, MD, FAAD, clinical professor of dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; fellow, American Academy of Dermatology; consultant, Mary Kay.

Rachel Herschenfeld, MD, FAAD, Dermatology Partners, Wellesley, Mass.; fellow, American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Online: “Dermatitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Robin Ashinoff, MD, director of cosmetic dermatology and Mohs and laser surgery, Hackensack Medical Center, N.J.

Lisa A. Garner, MD, FAAD, clinical professor of dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; fellow, American Academy of Dermatology; consultant, Mary Kay.

Rachel Herschenfeld, MD, FAAD, Dermatology Partners, Wellesley, Mass.; fellow, American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

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