Contact dermatitis is a skin condition that occurs when the skin comes in contact with a substance that irritates or causes an allergic reaction. This can be caused by exposure to chemicals, metals, plants, or even certain fabrics or personal care products.
Symptoms of contact dermatitis can include redness, itching, rash, blisters, or swelling. These symptoms can appear immediately or take a few days to develop after exposure to the irritant. In some cases, the reaction can be severe and may even require medical attention.
To prevent contact dermatitis, it is important to avoid exposure to irritants or allergens. This may involve wearing protective clothing or gloves, avoiding certain products, or using alternative products that are less likely to cause a reaction.
If you do develop contact dermatitis, there are several treatments available. Over-the-counter creams and ointments may provide relief for mild cases, while more severe cases may require prescription medications or even a visit to a dermatologist.
It is important to seek treatment for contact dermatitis as soon as possible to prevent further complications and to avoid exacerbating the symptoms. With proper care and attention, most cases of contact dermatitis can be successfully treated and managed.
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Bacterial Culture & Sensitivity test £150
Fungal Culture & Sensitivity test £150
Bacterial s16 RNA PCR test £250
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Skin biopsy (with consultant) £250
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Page reviewed by Dr. Manoj Malu (Clinical Director)
Last reviewed date: 16 February 2023
Next review due: 16 February 2026
Whilst this content is written and reviewed by sexual health specialists, it is for general guidance only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your clinician.
References & Further Reading
- NHS: Contact dermatitis
- Mayo Clinic: Contact dermatitis
- National Eczema Association: Contact dermatitis
- Cleveland Clinic: Contact Dermatitis: Irritants, Allergies, Symptoms & Treatment
- Dermnet: Contact dermatitis
- Medline Plus: Contact dermatitis
- American Association of Dermatologists: Eczema types: Contact dermatitis overview