Contact Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that happens when it is touched by an irritating substance. The rash is usually just in the area of the skin that touched the substance.
Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin touches a substance that irritates the skin or causes an allergic reaction. Common causes of contact dermatitis from irritants are soaps, detergents, solvents, waxes, polishes, and hand cleaners. Common causes from allergic reactions are hair dyes, jewelry, fingernail polish, and deodorants. Some of the other substances that might cause contact dermatitis are rubber, poison ivy, and nickel.
The symptoms of contact dermatitis include itching, swelling, and redness of the skin. Loucas Dermatology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of contact dermatitis. We offer a comprehensive test for diagnosing a topical allergy with the North American Patch test series, which will test for over 80 topical potential allergens. Over the years, we have diagnosed many people who have an underlying skin allergy by patch testing. If we successfully find the aggravating agent on patch testing, we can offer a list of products that an individual can use to avoid the offending agents.