Contact Dermatitis

by | Dermatology, Pharmacy Care

Contact dermatitis is most often caused by detergents, soaps and other chemicals as well as metal and some plants. Treatments are very affective and many over the counter creams and topical and oral medications can help greatly.

Contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. It is an irritation or an allergic reaction caused by contact with the skin. Many detergents, soaps, perfumes, and chemicals cause these types of irritations. Allergic reactions can also be cause by nickel, cosmetics, glues, and some plants or medications.

Contact dermatitis often presents as a red skin rash that can be painful or itchy. Blisters may also form. Other times the skin can become dry and cracked. It’s most common on the hands and face but can effect other parts of the body.

Treatments include moisturising products, topical or oral medications. Light therapy is also useful. Wearing protective clothing, like rubber gloves and avoiding the cause once identified, means symptoms will usually clear on their own.