Irritant Contact Dermatitis

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What is Irritant Contact Dermatitis?

Irritant contact dermatitis is an adverse reaction that our skin can have to certain chemicals or physically abrasive agents.

Symptoms of Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Irritant contact dermatitis symptoms differ a little from allergic contact dermatitis. There tends to be less inflammation and itching, and more pain. Peeling and flaking of the skin may also be present.

Causes of Irritant Contact Dermatitis

  • Solvents
  • Latex
  • Kerosene
  • Surfactants in creams and lotions
  • Alkaline solutions in cleaners
  • Lye residues in soap
  • Treatment of Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Wash the area with cold water and a gentle soap in order to flush away the irritant. If the irritant is an alkaline solution such as a cleaner or soap residue, you may rinse it with vinegar or lemon/lime juice to neutralize the reaction.