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What is contact dermatitis?
An itchy, red, tender, often blistered and raised rash that starts at the point of contact with a specific substance to your skin is known as contact dermatitis . This immune or allergic reaction on contact is a different type of allergic reaction that is associated with nasal allergies due to pollen, dander or dust. So whether you have nasal allergies or not, does not determine whether you are prone to contact dermatitis.
What substances may cause a contact dermatitis?
Poison oak, poison ivy, poison sumac are common plants known to cause an allergic contact dermatitis. Other substances on contact that may cause this type of reaction include nickel (found in costume jewlery) and latex gloves.
An irritant contact dermatitis may also be caused by acid burn, bleach, certain soaps, foods and even dry cracked hands (from excess water exposure).
How does contact dermatitis occur?
In the case of poison ivy, oak and sumac, an oil called urushiol is the offending substance found in these plants. Your skin reacts to this oil, by secreting chemicals including histamine that contribute to the appearance and symptoms of the rash.
How do I identify poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac and where do they grow?
Easy to identify as a cluster of three leaflets, it can grow on the ground, as a climbing vine or as a large bush. Found throughout North America, especially in wooded areas, open fields, on the roadside and along riverbanks. The 3 leaflets are usually green or yellow. If it is “Leaves of Three, Let Them Be”.
Found more commonly in the western United States and British Columbia, it also has a cluster of three leaflets. Each leaflet may have roundish edges, resembling a white oak tree. If it is “Leaves of Three, Let Them Be”.
Found commonly in the eastern/southeastern United States, it grows as a shrub or small tree, typically in wet marshes, such as along the banks of the Mississippi River.
What does a contact dermatitis look like?
Typically the rash is red, raised and blistered and occurs specifically at the point of contact with the offending substance. For instance, if you are wearing a bracelet containing nickel, and it triggers a rash, the rash will be directly under the bracelet (i.e. circular ring around your wrist).
What about rashes/symptoms from insect stings or bites?
Depending on the insect, bites can vary in size, redness, severity of pain and swelling. Often a puncture mark may be found in the middle of the affected area. If hives, swelling, itching occur unrelated to the site of bite or sting, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of throat tightness, shortness of breath, facial swelling, tongue swelling, wheezing, feeling dizzy, etc.especially warrants immediate medical attention.
What are other common causes for red, itchy skin?
Minor scrapes, cuts, sunburn can also cause mild itchy, red skin.
Regardless of the cause, these mild skin symptoms can be treated with a topical gel analgesic such as Rhuli Gel.