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Contact Dermatitis (cont.)


Avoid scratching, which worsens the inflammation. Continue self-care until all symptoms are gone.

If you have been treated by your health care provider, complete the recommended treatment.

If you are taking oral steroid medication, finish the entire prescription, or the rash may come back. You may be taking medicine for only three to five days, or for as long as four weeks, depending on the severity of your reaction.

If you have frequent dermatitis, you may want to see a dermatologist to identify the cause.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2015

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