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If you have an allergic reaction after physical contact with an allergen, you may develop a red, itchy, rash on your skin. This is known as contact dermatitis. A variety of substances can cause a reaction, including certain soaps, cosmetics, fragrances, jewelry, and plants.

Treatments for Contact Dermatitis

Steroid Cream or Ointment
Your dermatologist may prescribe a steroid cream or ointment that you apply directly to the skin affected by the contact dermatitis to help soothe the irritation and calm itching. You will likely apply the steroid one or two times each day for two to four weeks.

Oral Medications
In severe cases, your dermatologist may prescribe oral (taken by mouth) medication — such as corticosteroids, antihistamines, or antibiotics — to relieve bothersome symptoms or fight a bacterial infection.

Tests for Contact Dermatitis

Physical Exam
Through a medical examination of your skin, we can accurately diagnose and determine the best way to treat your contact dermatitis.

Patch Testing
Your dermatologist may recommend that you undergo a patch skin test. During a patch test, we tape sheets containing small amounts of allergens to your skin, typically on the back. When allergic reactions develop during testing, they appear as small, red, mildly itchy patches beneath the allergen sheets. This reveals exactly which substances can trigger contact dermatitis on your skin and the severity of this reaction.

Why Choose UHealth?

World-class leaders in skin care treatment. University of Miami Health System is recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in caring for conditions and disorders of the skin. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide superior, personalized treatments for dermatologic conditions.

Compassionate care in an academic medical center. You benefit from the state-of-the-art technology and latest medical advancements developed by our researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. You will receive the most accurate diagnosis and a detailed plan to keep your skin healthy.  

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