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Contact Dermatitis, Ambulatory Care
is a rash. It develops when you touch something that irritates your skin or causes an allergic reaction.
Common symptoms include the following:
- Red, swollen, painful rash
- Skin that itches, stings, or burns
- Dry, scaly, or crusty skin patches
- Bumps or blisters
- Fluid draining from blisters
Call 911 for any of the following symptoms:
- Sudden trouble breathing
- Throat swelling and trouble eating
- Facial swelling
Treatment for contact dermatitis
involves removing any irritants or allergens that cause your rash. You may also need medicines to decrease itching and swelling. They will be given as a topical medicine to apply to your rash or as a pill.
Manage contact dermatitis:
- Take short baths or showers in cool water. Use mild soap or soap-free cleansers. Add oatmeal, baking soda, or cornstarch to the bath water to help decrease skin irritation.
- Avoid skin irritants , such as makeup, hair products, soaps, and cleansers. Use products that do not contain perfume or dye.
- Apply a cool compress to your rash. This will help soothe your skin.
- 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.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.