Contact Dermatitis (cont.)
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What Is the Medical Treatment for Contact Dermatitis?
Treatment usually consists of medications to relieve the symptoms until the rash can go away on its own.
What Medications Treat Contact Dermatitis?
When Is Follow-up Necessary After the Initial Treatment of Contact Dermatitis?
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.
Is There a Way to Prevent Contact Dermatitis?
If you know what causes the dermatitis, avoid that trigger. If you cannot avoid the trigger altogether, take steps to protect your skin from the trigger.
Wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves, long pants, and gloves helps protect the skin from allergens and irritants.
Protection is especially important at an industrial site, but it is also important when working outdoors where you could come in contact with plants from the poison ivy family as well as with lawn and garden chemicals, cleaning solvents, and other toxic substances.
Take care to avoid poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac when enjoying the outdoors.
If you do become exposed, wash the area immediately with soap and cool water to prevent a rash from developing.
If you have dermatitis often and you do not know what is causing it, you may want to see a skin allergy specialist.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/30/2017
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