Have you ever had to suffer from a red itchy rash on your skin after coming into contact with something? That happens when that something is interpreted as a foreign substance by your immune system. Then your immune system declares an attack against that substance. The rash is a result of this attack.
This is referred to as Contact Dermatitis in the medical field. Contact Dermatitis may be triggered by one of the thousands of allergens and irritants. Therefore, they are of two types; Irritant Contact Dermatitis and Allergic Contact Dermatitis.
Irritant Contact Dermatitis occurs when a harsh chemical substance damages the outer protective layer of the skin. This is not an allergic reaction. There are many substances used on a daily basis that can trigger this. Those include certain detergents, bleach, shampoos, and soap.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis is when the substance in question is one that you are sensitive to. What seems like a completely normal substance to one may be allergic to another. It usually affects only the area in contact with the allergen. But if it enters the body, the whole body may be affected.
There are certain professions that can increase the risk of Contact Dermatitis. These fields of work require coming into frequent contact with such irritants and allergens as mentioned earlier. It is best to take protective measures such as wearing protective clothing and gloves if so.
The best preventive measure for Contact Dermatitis is to avoid coming into contact with the irritant or allergen. But if you do, wash your skin with a mild, fragrance-free soap right away. If the symptoms don’t subside and instead tend to worsen, contact Lake Dermatology Leesburg FL, Johnny Gurgen Dermatology & Mohs Surgery right away. Dr. Gurgen and his staff are always ready to help you out with treating and remedying any skin issues.