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Dermatitis: Contact Dermatitis - Irritant


Defining Characteristics

Itching, redness, erythematous papules; possible spongiosis and edema –> crusted vesicles;
Diaper dermatitis (irritant, also caused by Candida), poison ivy ACD – due to oleoresin in Rhus group of plants); nickel ACD neomycin ACD; formaldehyde ACD

Potential Causes

Irritant – not allergic, but burned/inflamed by substance (occur in anyone exposed)


Patch testing

Conventional Treatment

Avoid irritant/allergen; wash immediately after exposure; calomine to soothe/dry out (AVOID sensitizers like topical benadryl/Caladryl); topical corticosteroid