Contact Dermatitis Treatment
Contact dermatitis is the term used to describe an itch, red rash that develops when you come into contact with some substance that produces an allergic reaction. Common causes for contact dermatitis are soaps, fragrances, jewelry, plants, and animals. These allergic rashes are not life-threatening or contagious to others, but they can be quite irritating.
The board certified dermatologists at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta are quite knowledgeable about contact dermatitis. Many substances in the Georgia countryside can cause allergic reactions, like poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac and other wild-growing plants. Dr. Murad and Dr. Spitzler know how irritating these reactions can be, especially to children and adolescents.
Allergic Rash Symptoms and Treatment
Contact dermatitis gets its name from the cause of the irritation – you come into contact with something that your body reacts to, causing an irritating rash. Symptoms develop quickly on the area of the body that touched the irritant, such as:
- A red rash
- Severe itching
- Dry, cracked skin
- Bumps and blisters, often with oozing and crusting
- Swelling, burning or tenderness
Many OTC medications are available for treating these skin conditions, and most are effective in bringing relief from itching and heal the irritated skin within a few days. However, you should call Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta if the rash affects your face or genitals, is severe or widespread, causes severe discomfort and lack of sleep or does not resolve with OTC medications within three weeks.
Dr. Spitzler or Dr. Murad may prescribe oral medications and steroid creams to help eliminate persistent or problematic outbreaks. They can also help you determine what caused the reaction so you can avoid the substance or item in the future. Contact Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta today if you develop an itchy rash that will not go away.