Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Overview

Contact Dermatitis: Treatment, Cost and Side Effects

What is the Contact Dermatitis? How is the Contact Dermatitis treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the Contact Dermatitis?

Contact Dermatitis Treatment is required when the patient is suffering from a red itchy rash caused by a direct contact with a substance the patient is allergic to. There are two types of contact dermatitis. Irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis where the former affects only the outer protective skin while the latter occurs when your skin comes in contact with an allergen and is followed by an immune reaction on your skin. The rash is neither contagious nor life threatening, but still causes a lot of discomfort to the sufferer. This allergic reaction is usually caused by any substance which irritates your skin.

The affected area can get infected if you repeatedly scratch it which can make it wet and cause oozing. Children often develop the condition from exposure to sunscreens, baby wipes, clothing with snaps and dyes etc. Individuals suffering from contact dermatitis should immediately seek medical help when the rash becomes extremely uncomfortable and makes you lose sleep, distracts you from your daily activities, when the infection affects your genitals, becomes painful and starts spreading and also when it does not go away within three weeks. Cool and wet compressions can be used to soothe the affected area.

How is the Contact Dermatitis treatment done?

In most cases, the contact dermatitis can go away on its own when the allergy causing substance is no longer in contact with the person. However, if the condition lasts longer than that, you should consult a doctor. Your doctor may identify the cause of the condition and examine your skin to identify the intensity of your rash. A patch test may also be recommended to detect if you are allergic to something or not. In the mean time, you should avoid scratching the affected area as it can make the irritation worse and cause other skin infections which may require a treatment of antibiotics. Cleaning your skin with mild soap and lukewarm water can also help. Along with that, you should stop using any product which can cause the problem. Applying petroleum jelly has also been helpful in a lot of cases. Anti itching treatments can also prove to be helpful.

Evaporated measures like using cool water compression followed by drying can also be tried. If the oozing and weeping has stopped you should apply potent steroids on the affected area at least twice a day for two to three weeks, consistently. Oral steroids may also be needed if the area is severely infected. In case of urgent need, you can also take antihistamine drugs in order to reduce the itching sensation and reduce the allergic reaction.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Individuals who show symptoms like a red rash, itching which is severe, swelling or burning and tenderness in a specific area on the skin, dry and cracked skin with bumps and blisters which sometimes causes oozing should get themselves tested for the treatment required.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Individuals who show no potential sign and symptom of the condition should not get treated for the infection.

Are there any side effects?

Using oral corticosteroids for a longer period of time can cause problems of having fragile bones, thinning of the skin, diabetes, weight gain, easy bruising among other problems. Long term usage of any topical steroid on the skin also has some side effects like skin disorders, easy bruising and discoloration and stretch marks as well.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Patients need to be careful of not coming in contact with the substance which caused the allergic reaction in the first place. Taking the medication for a prescribed period of time is advised for the patients to recover faster.

How long does it take to recover?

The condition usually goes away within a period for two to three weeks on its own. With medication and proper treatment it takes even lesser amount of time for the patient to recover.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Steroid creams can cost within the range of Rs 500, depending on the brand and quantity of the product.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Once treated properly, the results are permanent. However, the patient needs to avoid coming in contact with the substance with caused the condition in the first place.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Instead of using the steroid cream one can try using cool water compression and let the area dry out as an alternative. Simple precautionary steps of avoiding scratching, protecting your hand and avoiding the irritant or allergen should be kept in mind.

Popular Questions & Answers

For one week using cetaphil bar soap my face lots of small pimples comes out and it's in red color. Do I need to continue or I need to stop it. Thanks for helping out. What is the best facial wash for oily face?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
The treatment of acne differs according to the grade of involvement. Some people have more oilyness on the face which results in breakouts. After completing treatment for controlling the active breakouts, tablets can be stopped and creams need to ...

Its been 15 days I can see small allergic rashes on my 11 month old baby tummy area. I gave him cetirizine syrup 2.5 ml for 3 days but no improvement. Kindly advice on the same.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Bhubaneswar
Dear lybrate-user this can be a simple allergic contact dermatitis. Avoid using soap and you can use olive oil or coconut oil every 4 hour. If it is not resolving, you can consult a dermatologist.

I have skin allergies atopic dermatitis since childhood metrogyl medicine reaction is this affect me taking covid vaccine.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Bhubaneswar
In atopic dermatitis, there is no problem in taking covid vaccine. Metrogyl (metronidazole) reaction has also no impact on vaccination. You should be careful about not taking this drug and related drugs (tinidazole) in future to avoid drug reaction.

Popular Health Tips

Eczema - How You Can Prevent Its Flare-ups?

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DDV, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Pune
Eczema - How You Can Prevent Its Flare-ups?
Are you experiencing skin itchiness and development of dry, scaly rashes on your skin? This indicates you have eczema, which is a group of skin diseases occurring due to the inflammation and irritation of skin. Atopic dermatitis is the most common...
8323 people found this helpful

Dry Skin - Why It Normally Happens?

MBBS, MD (D.V.L.)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Dry Skin - Why It Normally Happens?
It is common for skin to get dry and the condition is marked by less than the required water in the epidermis (the topmost skin layer). Males and females are equally affected by it. With age, the incidences for having dry skin increases. Elderly p...
4211 people found this helpful

Varicose Veins - What You Must Be Aware About?

MBBS, MS General Surgery, FRCS
General Surgeon, Ludhiana
Varicose Veins - What You Must Be Aware About?
Varicose Veins is a condition in which an individual s veins become swollen and warped or twisted, which is visible on the skin. This condition most often is prevalent in the legs but can occur in any part of the body. Varicose Veins is a common m...
3760 people found this helpful

Dry Skin - 5 Things That Can Cause It!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Dry Skin - 5 Things That Can Cause It!
It s needless to say, that your skin is the first line of defense against all natural elements like the wind, sun and the cold. But when you have dry skin, it s a real uncomfortable condition and it can happen for a plethora of reasons. Dry skin, ...
1422 people found this helpful

Spices - Can They Cause Allergies?

MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Hyderabad
Spices - Can They Cause Allergies?
Products derived from plants are widely used as herbs and spices, often across the world and in many cuisines. Though spices and herbs are used in small quantities to add flavor to the food we eat, they can still trigger an adverse reaction. As pe...
5563 people found this helpful
Content Details
Written By
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy,MBBS
Dermatology
Play video
Hair Fall - Know The Causes
Hi, I am Dr. Priyanka Ghatge, Cosmetic Physician. Today I will talk about hair fall. I will talk about the causes and its management. It is the most worrying thing in both the sexes male and as well as female and all the age group. One of the most...
Play video
Winter Skin Problems
Hello everyone, I am Dr. Punit Pratap, Dermatologist. So winters have come. It is a pleasant weather. We all love this weather. We go out, eat a lot, sleep a lot and what not. But since the moisture in environment comes down, in the winters, drast...
Play video
Know More About Common Skin Problems
Hi, I am Dr. Kavita Mehndiratta, dermatologist in Faridabad. Today we will talk about one of the common skin problems is heat rash. Normally the children of various ages develop such kind of conditions. This is because of excessive sweating and th...
Play video
Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)
Hi, I am Dr Khatri and I am an ENT surgeon. I will tell you something about Swimmer's ears. Swimmer's ear is an infection which is caused due to dirty water. It is an infection of the outer ear and the ear canal which can result in itching, pain a...
Play video
Psoriasis
Hi, I am Dr Rohot Goel and I am an Ayurvedic Dermatologist. I have treated so many cases of Psoriasis leucoderma, chronic eczema, successfully in Ayurveda. Here we are discussing Psoriasis. Psoriasis is a non contagious skin disorder. causes due t...
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice