If you experience inflamed, reddened, or tender skin, you could have contact dermatitis. This skin condition occurs when your skin comes into contact with an irritating substance. At the hospital, your doctor will try to determine the exact cause of your symptoms. The hospital staff may also recommend having a skin patch test to determine the substance that caused your symptoms. The doctor at the hospital will diagnose you with one of two types of contact dermatitis: irritant dermatitis or allergic contact dermatitis.
Causes of Irritant Dermatitis
There are many different substances that could cause irritant dermatitis, such as shampoo, hair dye, and detergents. Rubber gloves, pesticides, cements, and solvents can also trigger this condition. Inform the doctor at the hospital of which substances your skin has had contact with recently.
Symptoms of Irritant Dermatitis
Most often, irritant dermatitis causes dry, rough skin that appears redder than usual. It may look inflamed or as if it has been burned. You may also notice small fissures, or cracks, appear on the skin.
Causes of Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis involves exposure to a substance to which you are allergic or hypersensitive. Often, patients find that they are allergic to antibiotics, cosmetic products, and adhesives. Rubber, latex, fragrances, and metals can also cause allergic contact dermatitis. You might also notice symptoms after coming into contact with certain plants, such as poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac.
Symptoms of Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Although most types of allergies cause sudden symptoms, the symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis may take 24 to 48 hours to appear after exposure. You might notice a rash that appears streaky or patchy. The reddened area may also feature red bumps or blisters, possibly with drainage. The area of skin might become scaly, thickened, or encrusted.
The hospital services available at Mercy Hospital include the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions, such as contact dermatitis. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call (305) 854-4400 to speak with a friendly representative. Our state-of-the-art hospital is conveniently located in Coconut Grove, Miami.