Skin, Hair & Dermatology

Allergic Contact Dermatitis Treatment

Occasionally, you get a rash when you’ve touched something that causes an allergic reaction on your skin. It could be something like poison ivy or oak, which contain irritating oils. Sometimes it is caused by wearing jewelry, a certain type of makeup, or contact with latex gloves.

What are the symptoms?

Contact dermatitis usually shows up on the face, hands or neck. Symptoms of contact dermatitis might appear right away, or they might take hours or even days to surface. They may include:

  • Intense itching
  • Red, irritated skin that may burn or sting
  • Dry skin
  • Blistering (some blisters are filled with clear fluid; others ooze and crust over)
  • Hives

How is it treated?

If you think you might have contact dermatitis, don’t just wait for it to go away! Rashes can cause significant discomfort, and your symptoms can be alleviated with proper treatment. It’s also important to stay away from whatever caused the rash in the first place. Our dermatologists can perform patch tests on your skin to determine what you’re allergic to.