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Contact Dermatitis

This is a type of eczema which almost everyone gets at least once in a lifetime. We get this skin condition when a substance that comes in contact with the skin causes rashes, which can happen immediately or take time to appear.

Types of Contact Dermatitis

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

This is an allergic skin reaction and is caused by:

  • Latex gloves
  • Poison ivy
  • Jewellery worn for days or a few hours
  • Reaction to makeup
  • Nickel
  • Jewellery worn for a very long time, e.g. wedding ring

Irritant Contact Dermatitis

This is the most common type of contact dermatitis. It happens when something irritates your skin. A person who has any of the conditions mentioned below also has contact dermatitis:

  • Irritated skin around your mouth caused by licking your lips
  • Diaper rash
  • Dry and cracked hands resulting from contact with lots of water
  • Acid burn

The skin becomes irritated when it comes in contact with toxic substances; some toxins your skin react to are:

  • Pepper spray
  • Bleach
  • Battery acid

Plenty contacts with less irritating substances can also cause contact dermatitis, these include:

  • Soap
  • Unclean water
  • And certain foods

Some occupations put people at risks of contact dermatitis, this includes:

  • Nursing
  • Beauticians
  • Bartenders
  • And people whose hands are wet most of the time

Contact dermatitis usually starts as dry, cracked hands, and in time, this will lead to a burning sensation and itching. The hands will sting, and the skin on the hand will be very tender and may even bleed.

If the rash is persistent even after a few weeks; you should visit our dermatology clinic London, where you will be connected to an expert dermatologist who will offer treatment that suits your case. This will hasten the healing process and prevent this condition from getting worse.