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Contact Dermatitis Specialist

Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Tempe, AZ & Mesa, AZ

Contact dermatitis is the reason for nearly 6 million doctor visits annually. If you have intense itchiness, redness, and other skin irritation on a regular basis, contact dermatitis is most likely the issue. At Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. in Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler, Arizona, specialists Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, can identify the cause of your rashes and help you maintain clear skin. For help with contact dermatitis, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.

Contact Dermatitis Q & A

What is contact dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is a type of eczema. It causes a skin rash that happens when you touch, brush against, or have some other kind of contact with an irritant or allergen. Contact dermatitis rashes are often intensely itchy and uncomfortable. 

There are two types of contact dermatitis, allergic and irritant. 

Irritant contact dermatitis

Irritant contact dermatitis is the most common type, accounting for 80% of all contact dermatitis cases. It occurs when a substance penetrates your skin’s outermost layer. 

Rubbing alcohol, hair dyes, chemical solvents, detergents, and harsh soaps are all common causes of irritant contact dermatitis. 

Allergic contact dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when an allergen causes an immune reaction within your outer skin layers. Some of the most common contact dermatitis allergens include jewelry metals like nickel, fragrances, preservatives, and medications like topical antibiotics. 

Both types of contact dermatitis cause uncomfortable symptoms that require treatment. 

What are the symptoms of contact dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis symptoms can appear immediately after skin exposure to the triggering substances, but it may take up to a few hours or even a few days to notice skin changes. Typical symptoms of contact dermatitis include: 

  • Red skin
  • Itchiness
  • Skin swelling
  • Blisters
  • Scaly skin
  • Skin pain

Because contact dermatitis is so itchy, many sufferers can’t resist the urge to scratch or rub their rash. You should try hard to avoid this because it can lead to broken skin, oozing blisters, and even skin infections. 

How do you treat contact dermatitis?

Your Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. provider examines your rash and performs testing, like skin tests, to identify or rule out allergies. 

Depending on the type of contact dermatitis and its cause, they may prescribe oral medications, like antihistamines, or topical medications, like steroid or moisturizing creams. 

Avoiding the irritant or allergen that triggered your contact dermatitis is also important. Once the team determines what’s causing your reaction, they can recommend strategies to help you avoid it wherever possible. 

At Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd., the experienced team of specialists offers effective solutions for contact dermatitis. Get clear and comfortable skin by calling the office nearest you, or use the online appointment maker now.