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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Dermatitis is skin inflammation. You may have an itchy rash, redness, or swelling. You may also have bumps or blisters that crust over or ooze clear fluid. Dermatitis can be caused by allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and certain foods. It can also develop when something touches your skin and irritates it or causes an allergic reaction. Examples include soaps, chemicals, latex, and poison ivy.
Call 911 if you have any of the following symptoms of anaphylaxis:
- Sudden trouble breathing
- Throat swelling and tightness
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, or confusion
Return to the emergency department if:
- You develop a fever or have red streaks going up your arm or leg.
- Your rash gets more swollen, red, or hot.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your skin blisters, oozes white or yellow pus, or has a foul-smelling discharge.
- Your rash spreads or does not get better, even after treatment.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Medicines help decrease itching and inflammation, or treat a bacterial infection. They may be given as a topical cream, shot, or a pill.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your 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.
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 lukewarm bath or shower when your skin is still damp.
Avoid skin irritants:
Do not use skin irritants, such as makeup, hair products, soaps, and cleansers. Use products that do not contain fragrances or dye.
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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