What Is Allergic Contact Dermatitis?

Allergic contact dermatitis is a common condition that happens when the skin comes into contact with an allergen causing redness, swelling and irritation. In many cases rashes or even blisters will appear at the point of contact. Over time, skin that is repeatedly affected may become dry and scaly.

The variety of natural and man-made substances that can cause allergic contact dermatitis. Poison ivy is a classic example. Items that contain nickel such as jewelry can also cause a great deal of irritation for some people resulting in rashes of the ear lobes, near the belt buckle or on the ring finger. Even products that are specifically designed for use on the skin such as cosmetics or perfumes may contain chemicals or preservatives that can cause irritation.

Luckily allergic contact dermatitis can be easily identified, treated and prevented. See our treatment video for more information.