Contact Dermatitis

You’ve noticed a red, itchy area on your skin, and you wonder if you should be concerned. Chances are, you have contact dermatitis, which is usually easily treated and healed. Learn the symptoms of contact dermatitis and some of the more common remedies.


Contact dermatitis is an allergic or irritant reaction that causes a painful or itchy skin rash. As the name suggests, you get contact dermatitis from coming into contact with an allergen (like poison ivy) or an irritant (like a chemical).

Common symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Burning or stinging
  • Dry or cracked skin
  • Blisters
  • Skin ulcers
little girl scratching rash on her arms.


Treatment for both types of contact dermatitis is the same. Even with treatment, it can take several weeks for the rash to go away. Treatments include:

  • Avoiding the allergen
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Topical steroids

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