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Contact Dermatitis (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis for Contact Dermatitis?

If the irritating substance causing the contact dermatitis is removed and you are not exposed to it again, your rash probably will disappear on its own in less than three weeks. Symptoms may go away sooner with treatment. Although your rash may have resolved, your immune system will always remember the chemical to which you were allergic. So, if you encounter it at some future time your rash is likely to recur.

Where Can People Find More Information About Contact Dermatitis?

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Contact Dermatitis Picture

Leaves in 
threes characterize poison ivy, Toxicodendron radicans. This plant is common in the eastern United States.
Leaves in threes characterize poison ivy, Toxicodendron radicans. This plant is common in the eastern United States. SOURCE: CDC.

REFERENCES:

"Allergic Contact Dermatitis." DermNet NZ. June 29, 2011. <http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/contact-allergy.html>.

Coenraads, Pieter-Jan. "Hand Eczema." The New England Journal of Medicine 367 (2012): 1829-1837.

Kostner, Lisa, et al. "Allergic Contact Dermatitis." Immunol Allergy Clin N Am 37 (2017): 141-152.

Pelletier, Janice L., Caroline Perez, and Sharon E. Jacob. "Contact Dermatitis in Pediatrics." Pediatric Annals 45.8 (2016): e287-e292.

Usatine, Richard P., and Marcela Riojas. "Diagnosis and Management of Contact Dermatitis." Am Fam Physician. 82.3 Aug. 1, 2010: 249-255.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/30/2017

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