Irritant Dermatitis Home Care
- Avoid contact with substances that cause dermatitis.
- Avoid contact with chemicals.
- Use hypoallergenic cosmetics.
- Wear cotton clothing.
- Avoid exposure to the sun.
- Wear clothing that blocks the sun's rays.
- Apply sunscreen that blocks UV radiation.
- Wear a hat.
- Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream:
- Apply to the skin, 4 times a day.
- Avoid scratching:
- This can cause infection such as impetigo
- Wash your skin gently with mild soap twice a day.
- Apply a moisturizer for dry skin:
- Oral antihistamines for itching:
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Irritant Dermatitis Itching
- Oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl):
- For children (1 to 6 years) give 6.25-12.5 mg every four to six hours
- For children (6-12 years) give 12.5-25 mg every four to six hours
- Adults may take 25 to 50 mg every four to six hours as needed
- Anti-itching cream:
- Benadryl Itch Stopping Cream
- Hydrocortisone creams:
- Domeboro astringent: used with wet compresses
Irritant Dermatitis Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have irritant dermatitis and any of the following:
- Large blisters or weeping sores
- Yellow-brown scabs form over the rash
- Pus draining from the rash
- Rash that lasts for more than 2 weeks
- Facial swelling
- Mouth or tongue swelling
- Fever over 101 degrees F (38.3 C)
- Worsening skin redness and pain:
Continue to Irritant Dermatitis Outlook
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- Grangsjo A, Leijon-Kuligowski A, Torma H, Roomans GM, Lindberg M. Different pathways in irritant contact eczema? Early differences in the epidermal elemental content and expression of cytokines after application of 2 different irritants. Contact Dermatitis. 1996 Dec;35(6):355-60.