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Allergic Dermatitis Overview

What is allergic dermatitis?
A person with allergic dermatitis has swelling and irritation of the skin, caused by an allergy to a substance in the environment. Contact dermatitis and poison ivy rash are examples of allergic dermatitis.

What are the symptoms of allergic dermatitis?
Symptoms of allergic dermatitis include a skin rash. The skin may be red and itch. Allergic dermatitis may result in peeling, scaling and crusting of the skin surface. Allergic dermatitis may also look like hives.

How does the doctor treat allergic dermatitis?
Treatment for allergic dermatitis includes skin cleansing, oral antihistamines, topical corticosteroids, and oral corticosteroids.

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Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Allergic Dermatitis References
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