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Contact Dermatitis Treatment Information
We can provide short-term treatment for contact dermatitis with steroids. These can be various topical (on the surface of the skin) medicines, oral medicines or injections that temporarily reduce inflammation. The key to successful long-term treatment for contact dermatitis is proper care of your skin and avoiding the particular causes of your condition.
To develop an effective skin-care routine, we recommend the names of safe cleansers and moisturizers from the Contact Allergen Replacement Database (CARD). We use CARD to create a personalized list of skin care products that help you avoid using brands that contain your skin allergen. Here are the basic steps for proper skin care:
- Hydrate your skin by soaking the affected area in water for 20-30 minutes.
- Use a safe cleanser from the CARD list.
- Rinse and pat your skin dry.
- Apply a liberal amount of a safe moisturizer from the CARD list.
After you clean and moisturize your skin, apply the topical (on the surface of the skin) steroid that may be prescribed for you. Follow directions carefully. In addition to your skin care routine, you should take an oral steroid if it is prescribed. If your symptoms are severe, we may administer a steroid injection.
The most important treatment for contact dermatitis is discovering and avoiding the causes of your reaction. We can test for possible irritants and allergens, and this testing may identify one or more of the substances you need to avoid. If you don’t react to any of these materials, you can still use this knowledge to search for the cause(s) of your rash.
The Household Products Database is an excellent tool for discovering what you may be reacting to and where you may come into contact with it. We can offer other tools and methods as well.
Your search can be successful. We are committed to giving you the support you need, and we can provide medicines as necessary to control flare-ups of your symptoms.
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Contact Dermatitis Support Services
Education is an essential part of treatment for contact dermatitis. Learn more about this condition at the websites below.
A Sampling of Contact Dermatitis Support Services
This national government website features detailed information about contact dermatitis and treatments available.
This website of the U.S. National Library of Medicine hosts extensive education about dermatitis and its treatment, along with links to related information.
Household Products Database
This website of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services includes a very large, easy-to-use database of products and their ingredients. You can search for substances that may be causing your contact dermatitis and learn which products contain this substance. You can also research particular products to see what ingredients they contain.