Contact Dermatitis Treatment
Treatment for allergic contact dermatitis focuses on prevention, by identifying and avoiding the substance responsible for the symptoms. Treatment for the rash caused by allergic contact dermatitis includes gentle skin cleansing, oatmeal baths, oral antihistamines, and topical or oral corticosteroids. In some cases, treatment with corticosteroid injections or ultraviolet light therapy may be required. Treatment for allergic contact dermatitis may require weeks to months of therapy, depending on the cause.
Treatment for contact dermatitis includes:
- Gentle skin cleansing
- Oatmeal baths:
- Oral antihistamines:
- Topical corticosteroids:
- Triamcinolone (Kenalog, Oralone, Triderm)
- Clobetasol (Temovate) 0.05% cream, ointment, or solution
- Hydrocortisone valerate 0.2% (Westcort) cream or ointment
- Oral corticosteroids:
- Injectable corticosteroids:
- Immunosuppressive agents: rarely used
- Topical immunomodulators:
- Used to treat those with severe skin allergies to nickel
- Psoralen plus UV-A light therapy
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Contact Dermatitis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of contact dermatitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- Do I need to change my diet?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for allergic rashes?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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