Contact Dermatitis

What is Contact Dermatitis and What Causes It?

Contact dermatitis is a type of hypersensitivity reaction to a substance that comes in contact with the skin.

Common examples of contact allergens include nickel, fragrances and latex.

Poison ivy (Rhus Dermatitis) is an example of a type of Contact Dermatitis.

Diagnosing Contact Dermatitis

The rash of contact dermatitis is very itchy and appears either as red bumps or blisters. Contact dermatitis can be diagnosed via patch testing. This helps identify a specific chemical that is causing the inflammatory response on the skin.

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