Allergic Contact Dermatitis Treatment and Prevention

Overall the best course of action to prevent allergic contact dermatitis is to simply avoid the allergen that is causing the reaction. Be sure to choose cleansers and moisturizers for sensitive skin and sunscreens that are free of fragrances and dyes.

If you do come into contact with an allergen avoid scratching and don’t use any harsh soaps or detergents that may dry the skin. To relieve itching you can simply apply a damp compress to the affected area. Cortisone creams may also be applied to help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.

If you’re unsure of what’s causing the irritation an allergist or a dermatologist can help you find out the source and how to treat it effectively.