Contact Dermatitis (cont.)
Contact Dermatitis Home Remedies
- Avoid touching the trigger.
- Washing with soap and cool water can remove or inactivate most of the offending substance, if it is done immediately after exposure.
- If blistering develops, cold moist compresses applied for one to five minutes many times a day are helpful followed by air drying, perhaps supplemented with a fan.
- Oral antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Ben-Allergin) can also relieve itching.
- Do not apply antihistamine lotions to the skin, because you may have an allergic contact dermatitis from the lotion itself.
- For mild cases that cover a relatively small area, over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream may be sufficient.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/15/2014
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