Must know facts about Contact Dermatitis
Contact Dermatitis is not a disease which is uncommon or unheard of. In fact, it is one of the most common types of skin irritations. It happens when an irritant physically damages your skin. This leads an allergen to trigger an immune response resulting in a skin reaction.
Few of the most commonly known causes include soaps, detergents, disinfectants, cement, perfumes and metals such as nickel.
Another name for this conditions is “occupation dermatitis” since it is common in occupations where people frequently come in contact with irritants and allergens.
While any part of the body is not immune to contact dermatitis, your feet, hands and groin are usually the prime targets.
Even though the rashes are not contagious or life-threatening, it can certainly be very uncomfortable.
Moreover, in spite the fact that contact dermatitis is not contagious, it can still spread from one part of the body to another if the contaminated area comes in contact with other parts of the body.
Causes and Diagnosis
Contact Dermatitis is caused by different substances in different people. Chemicals like cleansers, detergents, fabric softeners, perfumes, and topical medications can cause this condition. While burns and sunburns are likely to increase the risk of dermatitis developing. Contact dermatitis can occur even after years of use or exposure and not necessarily when the first contact occurs.
The location of the rash and its look determines the diagnosis. In some cases, the doctor might advise the patient to stop usage of any potential irritant that might have been recently used in the affected area, and in some cases doctors may carry out a medical examination by scraping off a small piece of the affected area.
Symptoms and Treatment
Symptoms of contact dermatitis differ from person to person depending on the cause and the individual’s sensitivity to the substance that has caused the rashes. Some of the common symptoms of contact dermatitis are:
Scratching of the irritated skin should be strictly avoided if someone is experiencing contact dermatitis as this can make the condition worse by causing a skin infection that may require antibiotics.
One can instead clean their skin with a different kind of soap (if the cause is soap) and lukewarm water to remove any irritants. A mixture of two tablespoons of baking soda in cool water is very useful to soothe the rash.
Calamine lotions or hydrocortisone creams are some other effective anti-itch treatment options.
While most cases of contact dermatitis are not a cause for concern, one should seek medical attention if the rashes persist for a longer time or the rashes are close to eyes or mouth.
Also, if contact dermatitis covers a large area of your body, you shouldn’t delay getting medical attention. That’s because it can be injurious to the health of your glowing skin.
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Safaa Elbanna is a certified Homeopath and Holistic Skin Care Practitioner. She is retired Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon in Toronto, Canada. Safaa helps busy working ladies avoid the aging effect of physical and mental stress, especially on the skin through natural, homeopathy medicines and techniques.