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Contact Dermatitis

What is it?

There are two types of Contact Dermatitis they are allergic contact dermatitis (caused by exposure to a substance to which a person has become hypersensitive or allergic) and irritant contact dermatitis (such as acids, alkalis, soaps, cleansing agents and detergents, and solvents).

How did I get it?

The most common causes of contact dermatitis are harsh (highly alkaline) soaps, detergents, and cleaning products. However, it can occur simple due to skin becoming allergic to a substance ro chemical.

What are the symptoms?

The main symptons are a red rash, blisters/wheals or itchy burning skin these can appear within 24-72 hours if the dermatitis is caused by an irritant. If however, the dermatitis is caused by an allergen the effects start almost immediately.

Can it be treated?

Treatments at home can include washing the affected area with with soap and cool water, lemon juice or vinegar can be used to counteract the effects of dermatitis In the cases of blistering cold moist compresses applied for 30 minutes 3 times a day can help. Calamine lotion and oral antihistamines can relieve itching.

For mild cases that cover a relatively small area, hydrocortisone cream in nonprescription strength may be sufficient. Medical treatments include Corticosteroids, which is similar to hydrocortisone to reduce inflammation if the rach is severe, a corticosteroid in pill or injection form may be prescribed. Antihistamines may also be prescribed.

Can I get compensation?

Yes, if the dermatitis was caused from a workplace then your employer might well be liable to compensate you. If the irritant was a chemical on a piece of furniture (known as ‘sofa dermatitis’) there maybe an action against the maufacturer or the suppliers.

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