WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Contact dermatitis is a skin rash. It develops when your skin touches something that irritates it or causes an allergic reaction.
- Antihistamines: This medicine may be given to help decrease itching.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Manage your contact dermatitis:
- Avoid skin irritants: You may need to avoid certain makeup, hair products, soaps, and cleansers. You may need to stop using products that have perfumes or dyes. Use mild soap or soap-free cleansers.
- Use a cool compress: A cool compress or wet towel can help soothe your skin.
- Take short baths or showers: Bathe or shower in lukewarm water. Add oatmeal, baking soda, or cornstarch to the bath water to help reduce skin irritation.
- Keep your skin moist: Rub unscented cream or lotion on your skin to prevent dryness and itching. Do this right after a bath or shower when your skin is still damp. Apply lotion as many times as needed each day to keep your skin moist and soft.
- Wear cotton clothes: Wear loose-fitting clothes made from 100% cotton. Avoid wool. Do not wear clothes that make you hot and sweaty.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your skin is red, swollen, and tender.
- Your blisters are oozing pus.
- Your rash is spreading or does not get better, even after treatment .
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
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