Skin, our natural shield to the elements, can really incur a lot of damage. Water, air, sun and even your clothing can irritate your skin. One unpleasant condition of the skin is contact dermatitis, an irritation caused by one or more allergens. Fortunately, there are ways to treat this undesirable condition. Here at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, we encourage you to learn more about contact dermatitis.
First, let’s look at some possible causes of contact dermatitis. Dermatitis a term for inflamed skin. The contact aspect refers to inflammation caused by physical exposure. The causes can range widely depending a your sensitivity or allergies. Some of the most common culprits are:
- Skin tattoos
- Airborne substances
- Particular medications
- Plants containing urushiol (mango, poison ivy)
Individuals who develop this condition often do so given exposure to certain irritants in the workplace. This may include:
- Healthcare workers
- Construction workers
- Agricultural workers and gardeners
Where to Seek Help
Contingent on the severity and duration of the condition, treatment for contact dermatitis can be found as close as your medicine cabinet or away at a dermatologist’s office. It is difficult for an untrained eye to properly diagnose skin problems as many look similar. It is recommended to see a professional for the best treatment plan and assurance that the problem isn’t more serious.
If you are experiencing, or have ever experienced, a form of contact dermatitis, you are fully aware of the discomfort. Itching, burning, blistering and rashes are a constant irritation, so symptoms are primarily treated first. Once you find some comfort, you will want to address the cause of the aggravation in order to preclude a reoccurrence.
If you think you have contact dermatitis and would like more information, feel free to reach out and make an appointment at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic! We are in several convenient location through Washington (Vancouver, Longview, Salmon Creek, Bellevue), Oregon (Clackamas, Gresham), and California (Oakland, Sunnyvale, San Leandro, Fremont, Redwood, San Mateo.) Our dedicated staff of friendly professionals will be happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you get back to feeling your very best. Contact us today to set up our consultation – we look forward to hearing from you!