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Contact Dermatitis

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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.

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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  • 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.


  • Physical Exam

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

  • Patch Test

    Your dermatologist may recommend that you undergo a patch skin test, which places small amounts of allergens on your skin to see if there is a reaction. This helps us determine what caused the contact dermatitis. 

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.