Contact Dermatitis Chicago

contact dermatitis treatment

What is Contact Dermatitis

Contact Dermatitis
is a type of chronic rash caused by an allergic reaction to a foreign substance or chemical.

Causes of Contact Dermatitis

Substances that frequently cause contact dermatitis include:

  • metals (nickel)
  • preservatives
  • fragrances
  • industrial chemicals
  • plant extracts
  • many different cosmetic ingredients

Anyone experiencing a chronic rash such as eczema may have an allergy to one of the hundreds of chemicals they are exposed to on a daily basis.

Contact Dermatitis treatment in Chicago

An allergy doctor specializing in contact dermatitis can perform patch testing to help determine whether an allergy is causing the rash. Patches containing small amounts of various chemicals or substances are placed on the back and left on for approximately 48 hours. After removing the patches, the patient follows up after 72 hours for a final patch test reading. Any positive reactions are noted and a personalized avoidance plan is initiated by your doctor.