Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Allergic Rash Contact Dermatitis Underlying Cause

Contact dermatitis is caused by two types of substances:

  • Substances that trigger an allergic reaction from the skin
  • Substances that irritate the skin

The two most common causes of contact dermatitis are:

Additional causes of contact dermatitis include:
  • Adhesive tape
  • Clothing dye
  • Cosmetics
  • Deodorant
  • Food
  • Fragrances
  • Insect repellants
  • Latex
  • Medication
  • Ointments
  • Sunscreen
  • Turpentine

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Last Updated: Apr 10, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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