Contact Dermatitis (cont.)
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What Are Contact Dermatitis Risk Factors?
Exposure to normal or damaged skin to irritating chemical or known allergens is a significant risk. Anyone who compulsively washes their hands many times a day can develop a dermatitis induced by simple soap and water. Common solvents used in the workplace can damage the skin, producing an irritant dermatitis and permitting allergens access to the deeper tissues. The practice of ear piercing is known to predispose to nickel allergy. The use of topical antibiotics like neomycin is associated with an allergy to this antibiotic.
Is Contact Dermatitis Contagious?
Contact dermatitis is not caused by an infectious microorganism and is not contagious. Since the condition can produce open raw skin, a secondary infection can occur on the damaged skin. This secondary infection can be contagious.
What Are Signs and Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis?
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Distinguishing allergic contact dermatitis from irritant contact dermatitis and other forms of dermatitis can be challenging. A full history and physical examination are frequently necessary.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/30/2017
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