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.
Must Read Articles Related to Contact Dermatitis
Allergy: Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac
More than half the people in the United States are sensitive to poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. If you are sensitive, you can develop an itchy, bliste...learn more >>
Eczema is a term frequently used to describe any sort of dermatitis. Causes of eczema is generally accepted to be genetically inherited. Common triggers of atop...learn more >>
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Contact Dermatitis: