Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dermatitis Allergic Home Care

Home care for allergic dermatitis includes:

  • Wash your skin gently with mild soap twice a day.
  • Wear soft clothing
    • Cotton is more comfortable
    • Clothes should be washed in a mild detergent without bleach or fabric softener
  • Cooler temperatures for sleeping will reduce sweating
  • Use of a humidifier can prevent skin drying
  • Avoid foods that make trigger symptoms
  • Avoid scratching: this can cause infection.
  • Apply a cold compress:
    • Compress may reduce swelling
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours.
  • Skin moisturizing:
    • 5-minute lukewarm baths followed by the application of a moisturizer, such as white petrolatum
  • Apply a moisturizer for dry skin:
    • Lubriderm
    • Eucerin
    • White petrolatum
  • Avoid activities that cause excessive sweating.

Medication home care for allergic dermatitis includes:

For more information:

Dermatitis Allergic Medications

Medications for itching in someone with allergic dermatitis include:

Diphenhydramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
2-5 years6.25 mg4-6 hours37.5 mg/day
6-11 years12.5-25 mg4-6 hours150 mg/day
12 and older25-50 mg4-6 hours300 mg/day

Chlorpheniramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
Under 6consult your physician
6-11 years2 mg4-6 hours12 mg/day
12 and up4 mg4-6 hours24 mg/day

Dermatitis Allergic Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have allergic dermatitis and any of the following:

Seek care right away for any of the following:

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Dermatitis Allergic References
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