Developing redness or rashes or any other skin condition due to the use of a new product on the skin or new clothing as well as detergent, can be termed as contact dermatitis. It happens when the skin is exposed to foreign particles that cause itchiness, redness and rashes. Hives and flaky skin are some of the other symptoms of this condition.
HOW IS CONTACT DERMATITIS DIAGNOSED?
The dermatologist will do a thorough medical history and examine the skin. The specialist can perform allergy testing (called a ‘patch test’), which involves exposing a small patch of your skin to an allergen. Other tests may be used to rule out other possible causes, including skin lesion biopsy or culture of the skin lesion.
HOW IS CONTACT DERMATITIS TREATED?
A calamine lotion application is a basic treatment for contact dermatitis. Other creams and lotions in Ayurveda and homeopathy can also be used. Taking antihistamine drugs can help to cut down on itching and reduce the allergic response
DID YOU KNOW?
A few materials that may irritate the skin include:
• Hair dyes
• Long-term exposure to wet diapers
• Pesticides or weed killers
• Rubber gloves