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Contact Dermatitis (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

  • Avoid touching the trigger.
  • Washing with soap and cool water can remove or inactivate most of the offending substance, if it is done immediately after exposure.
  • If blistering develops, cold moist compresses applied for 30 minutes 3 times a day are helpful.
  • Calamine lotion and cool oatmeal baths may relieve itching.
  • Oral antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Ben-Allergin) can also relieve itching.
  • Do not apply antihistamine lotions to the skin, because you may have an allergic contact dermatitis from the lotion itself.
  • For mild cases that cover a relatively small area, hydrocortisone cream in nonprescription strength may be sufficient.



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