Contact dermatitis occurs when our skin is exposed to something that causes a rash. This rash can occur anywhere from minutes to hours after exposure. There are two types of contact dermatitis: allergic and, more commonly, irritant contact dermatitis. Irritant contact dermatitis occurs when a single or repeated exposure to a substance damages the skin’s outer, protective layer. When an allergen you’ve been in contact with triggers an immune response in your skin, allergic dermatitis occurs. Contact dermatitis treatments include avoidance of the allergen, antihistamines, moisturizers, and topical steroid creams. Occasionally oral prednisone may be prescribed for severe cases.
Dr. Hayag does a little investigative work when a patient consults her with contact dermatitis. A careful history and a list of questions that include occupation, skin care products, cosmetics, hobbies, pets, fragrances, and jewelry will be asked. Using this information, she devises the best treatment plan for you.