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Allergic Skin Reaction

Allergic Skin Reaction

Contact dermatitis looks like a rash or red spots on your skin. You get this when your skin touches something that bothers it. You may have an allergy or it may just irritate your skin. One kind of dermatitis is caused by soaps, cleaning products, or chemicals. These items often cause a burn on your skin. This is an irritant dermatitis. Other times you may be allergic to something. Plants, drugs, foods, or chemicals may cause an allergic reaction on your skin. Treatment for both kinds is to avoid the items that are causing problems.

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Contact Dermatitis Discharge Instructions

About this topic

Contact dermatitis looks like a rash or red spots on your skin. You get this when your skin touches something that bothers it. You may have an allergy or it may just irritate your skin. One kind of dermatitis is caused by soaps, cleaning products, or chemicals. These items often cause a burn on your skin. This is an irritant dermatitis. Other times you may be allergic to something. Plants, drugs, foods, or chemicals may cause an allergic reaction on your skin. Treatment for both kinds is to avoid the items that are causing problems.

What drugs may be needed?

Treat the allergy or the reaction,Help stop your skin irritation,Help with swelling,Stop itching or rashes,Prevent or help fight an infection

When do I need to call the doctor?

Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.,Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, chills, wound that will not heal.,Signs of wound infection. These include swelling, redness, warmth around the sore; too much pain when touched; yellowish, greenish, or bloody discharge; foul smell coming from the sore.,Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse

Body systems

Ambulatory Care,Dermatologic,Emergency Medicine,Pediatric

What are other common names?

ACD,Allergic Contact Dermatitis,Allergic Dermatitis,Contact Dermatitis, Phototoxic,Dermatitis,Dermatitis Venenata,Dermatitis, Allergic Contact,Dermatitis, Contact,Dermatitis, Irritant Contact,Dermatitis, Phototoxic,Irritant Contact Dermatitis,Irritant Dermatitis,Phototoxic Contact Dermatitis,Phototoxic Dermatitis,Primary Irritant Dermatitis

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. This is only a brief summary of general information. It does NOT include all information about conditions, illnesses, injuries, tests, procedures, treatments, therapies, discharge instructions or life-style choices that may apply to you. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about your health and treatment options. This information should not be used to decide whether or not to accept your health care provider’s advice, instructions or recommendations. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to provide advice that is right for you.

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