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Irritant Dermatitis Overview

What is irritant dermatitis?
A person with irritant dermatitis has inflamed, irritated skin caused by a chemical. Common causes include acids, bleach or detergents. Irritant dermatitis resolves completely when the person is not exposed to the chemical.

What are the symptoms of irritant dermatitis?
Symptoms of irritant dermatitis include a red rash that is usually scaly and itchy. Additional symptoms include skin blisters, skin swelling, and pain.

How does the doctor treat irritant dermatitis?
Treatment for irritant dermatitis includes avoiding exposure to the chemical, gentle skin cleansing, oral antihistamines, topical corticosteroids, oral corticosteroids, and oatmeal baths (Aveeno).

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Last Updated: Sep 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Irritant Dermatitis References
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