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contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a physiological reaction that occurs after skin comes in contact with certain substances.


Symptoms may include:


  • mild redness and swelling of the skin
  • blistering of the skin
  • itching
  • scaling and temporary thickening of skin

Causes may include:


  • soaps
  • drool
  • different foods
  • detergents
  • harsh baby lotions
  • perfumes
  • plants
  • metals
  • cosmetics
  • medications
  • poison ivy

Treatment may include:


  • home remedy - thoroughly wash skin with soap and water as soon after the exposure as possible
  • wash clothing and all objects that touched plant resins (poison ivy/oak) to prevent re-exposure
  • use wet, cold compresses to soothe and relieve inflammation if blisters are broken
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