Allergic Contact Dermatitis
What is Allergic Contact Dermatitis?
Allergic Contact Dermatitis is a commonly occurring type of skin disorders but is very harmful and dangerous as well. Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when our skin comes in contact with an allergen that your skin is sensitive or allergic to. Allergic contact dermatitis occurs more commonly in adults.
Allergic contact dermatitis is an itchy skin condition caused by an allergic reaction to material in contact with the skin. It arises some hours after contact with the responsible material, and settles down over some days providing the skin is no longer in contact with it.
What are the symptoms Allergic Contact Dermatitis?
- Swelling on the skin
- Skin weeping
- Prominent Redness
- Blistering of the skin
- Frequent itching on the affected areas
Causes of Allergic Contact Dermatitis?
The causes of Allergic Contact Dermatitis are not related to any specific reason. Mainly it occurs due to
Treatment of Allergic Contact Dermatitis?
- Find out precisely what you are allergic to by having comprehensive patch tests
- Identify where the allergen is found.
- Careful study of your environment to locate the allergen. Note: many chemicals have several names, and cross-reactions to similar chemicals with different names are common.
Testing for Allergic Contact Dermatitis?
Sometimes it is easy to recognize contact allergy and no specific tests are necessary. The rash usually (but not always) completely clears up if the allergen is no longer in contact with the skin, but recurs even with slight contact with it again. The open user test is used to confirm contact allergy to a cosmetic such as a moisturizer.