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Contact dermatitis

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Introduction
Contact dermatitis (allergic or irritant) is inflammation of the skin that occurs when you come into contact with a particular substance. It can cause red, itchy, scaly skin.
Symptoms of eczema (contact dermatitis)
Contact dermatitis most commonly affects areas of skin on your hands and face. Allergic and irritant contact dermatitis may cause different symptoms.
Causes of eczema (contact dermatitis)
Contact dermatitis occurs when your skin reacts to a particular substance. Depending on the substance, the condition is known as allergic or irritant contact dermatitis.
Diagnosing eczema (contact dermatitis)
Your GP will normally be able to diagnose contact dermatitis from the appearance of your skin and by asking about your symptoms.
Treating eczema (contact dermatitis)
The symptoms of contact dermatitis can be effectively managed with treatment. Treatment options may include emollients or corticosteroids.
Complications of eczema (contact dermatitis)
Most people are able to manage their contact dermatitis symptoms effectively, but sometimes complications can develop, such as infections.
Preventing eczema (contact dermatitis)
The best way to prevent contact dermatitis is to avoid contact with the allergens or irritants that cause your symptoms.
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