Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Irritation due to Chemicals Home Care

Home care for irritant dermatitis includes:

  • 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:
    • Lubriderm
    • Eucerin
  • Oral antihistamines for itching:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Skin Irritation due to Chemicals Itching

Medications for itching in a person with irritant dermatitis include:

Skin Irritation due to Chemicals Warning Signs

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

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Last Updated: Mar 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Skin Irritation due to Chemicals References
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