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Treatments for Contact dermatitis

Treatments for Contact dermatitis:

With a well integrated treatment plan, outbreaks of contact dermatitis can be avoided and symptoms can be effectively controlled and minimized. A good treatment plan is individualized to a person's medical history, severity of contact dermatitis, the specific cause, and other factors.

Treatment of contact dermatitis includes prevention of flare-ups by avoiding exposure to the specific allergen or allergens that induce the condition. Specific allergens can be determined by skin patch testing. In a skin patch test, small amounts of common allergens are applied methodically to the skin to determine what substances are triggering an allergic response, leading to the contact dermatitis. Typical skin allergens include poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, some medications and fragrances, rubber, dyes, and preservatives used in some products.

The itching associated with contact dermatitis can be treated or minimized in a number of ways. Ice bags or cool wet compresses may be helpful to help relieve itching and inflammation. Therapy can also include taking an oatmeal bath and using oatmeal soap, such as Aveeno.

Minimizing skin dryness will also help to lessen itching and increase comfort. Skin dryness can also be avoided or treated by using drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding scratchy clothes, and using a perfume-free moisturizer and home humidifier. Other important steps include avoiding alcohol and caffeine, using mild soaps, not over washing or scrubbing skin, and avoiding hot tubs, steam baths, saunas and chlorinated swimming pools.

Moderate to severe cases of inflammation and itching associated with contact dermatitis may be treated with a corticosteroid cream, which reduces inflammation, and an antihistamine, which reduces itching. These medications can have side effects, so they should only be taken under the direction of a licensed health care clinician.

Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat secondary bacterial infections that can be a complication of contact dermatitis.

Treatment List for Contact dermatitis

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Contact dermatitis includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Avoid substances that cause the irritation
  • Anti-itch treatments
    • Topical steroids
    • Skin lubricants
    • Burow's solution
  • Avoid skin contact with substances that may worsen the condition:
    • Avoid skin contact with hot water
    • Avoid soaps
    • Avoid chemicals
    • Avoid sunlight
    • Avoid acidic substances
    • Avoid rubbing the skin
    • Avoid creams and lotions
  • Identification and avoidance of cause
  • Use of protective measures such as gloves for prevention and avoidance of further exacerbations
  • Bathe in tepid water using a PH neutral soap or soap substitute. Avoid prolonged bathing
  • Soaking baths with bath oil or colloidal oatmeal
  • Moisturise promptly after bathing. Non - perfumed products are preferred
  • Wet compresses - aluminium acetate or potassium permanganate for infected eczema, or tap water after emollient and/or topical steroids for 15-60 minutes to increase benefits of topical therapy
  • Topical steroids - useful to control symptoms. Avoid high strength steroids on the face and neck
  • Topical immunomodulators - Pimecrolimus and Tacrolimus - may be used as an alternative to topical steroids, but long term side effects have not been fully elucidated
  • Tar and ichthammol - useful for chronic or lichenified lesions
  • Antihistamines for control of itching - probably little help with awake patients, but sedating antihistamines may have some benefits at night
  • Oral steroids - reserved for acute severe exacerbations and widespread disease. Avoid in children. Disease may rebound on cessation

Contact dermatitis: Is the Diagnosis Correct?

The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Contact dermatitis may include:

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Drugs and Medications used to treat Contact dermatitis:

Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Contact dermatitis include:

  • Prednisone
  • Apo-Prednisone
  • Aspred-C
  • Deltasone
  • Liquid Pred
  • Meticorten
  • Metreton
  • Novoprednisone
  • Orasone
  • Panasol-S
  • Paracort
  • Prednicen-M
  • Prednisone Intensol
  • SK-Prednisone
  • Sterapred
  • Sterapred-DS
  • Winpred

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Hospital statistics for Contact dermatitis:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Contact dermatitis:

  • 0.002% (237) of hospital consultant episodes were for allergic contact dermatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital consultant episodes for allergic contact dermatitis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 49% of hospital consultant episodes for allergic contact dermatitis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 51% of hospital consultant episodes for allergic contact dermatitis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultant episodes for allergic contact dermatitis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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