Contact Dermatitis

What Is It?

Contact dermatitis is skin inflammation. It occurs because the skin has been exposed to a substance that irritates it or causes an allergic reaction.

Many natural and artificial chemicals can trigger contact dermatitis. These include ingredients found in:

  • Antibiotic ointments

  • Cosmetics

  • Fabric finishes

  • Household cleaners

  • Industrial solvents

  • Laundry detergents

  • Metal jewelry

  • Perfumes

  • Shampoos

  • Soaps

Common skin exposure (contact) that can lead to contact dermatitis includes:

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