Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Nummular Dermatitis Home Care

Home care for nummular dermatitis includes:

  • Avoid substances that trigger nummular dermatitis.
  • Avoid exposure to chemicals.
  • Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream:
    • Apply to the skin, 4 times a day.
  • Avoid scratching: this can cause infection.
  • Apply a cold compress:
    • Compress may reduce swelling
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours.
  • Apply a moisturizer for dry skin:
    • Lubriderm
    • Eucerin
  • Oral antihistamines for itching:
  • Take prescription medications as directed.
  • Wash your skin gently with mild soap twice a day.
  • Wear all cotton clothing.

Nummular Dermatitis Warning Signs

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

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Nummular Dermatitis References
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