Contact Dermatitis (Eczema) - 5 Tips for Relief

Contact Dermatitis (Eczema) - 5 Tips for Relief

Anne Fairchild McVey

Contact Dermatitis (Eczema) - Know the Symptoms and Tips for Relief.

You have an itchy rash and your doctor says its Contact Dermatitis. Basically, you’ve been exposed to something that has caused an allergic reaction on your skin. Below explains the condition and what to do.

The Allergic Reaction

This is caused by an allergy or sensitivity and your immune system is to blame. Your skin touches something and your immune system thinks you are under attack. It creates antibodies to fight the invaders and this process causes a release of chemicals including histamine. This sequence of events is the allergic reaction and what results is in itchy rash. The formal name is Allergic Contact Dermatitis.

Common Triggers of Allergic Contact Dermatitis:

  • Fragrances and chemicals in laundry detergent, soaps, shampoos, perfumes, lotions, cosmetics, sunscreens and make-up
  • Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac
  • Hair dyes or straighteners
  • Nickel in zippers, buttons, jewelry and belt buckles
  • Leather
  • Latex rubber
  • Citrus fruit, especially the peel
  • Some prescription topical medications
  • Keep in mind you will not have a reaction the first time you come in contact with the allergen. The first exposure sensitizes the skin so the next time it reacts. Sometimes it takes a day or two before the rash immerges.

Treating the Rash

  1. If you know what you came into contact with, make sure to avoid it in the future.
  2. Wash your skin with a mild, hypoallergenic soap immediately.
  3. Use a hydrocortisone cream for relief.
  4. For relieving itch, apply a cold, moist towel or ice to cool the itch.
  5. Damp eczema sleeves or eczema treatment gloves work well at stopping the itch while the skin is healing and can provide immediate relief.