Contact dermatitis is an itchy rash caused by direct contact with a substance or an allergic reaction to it. The rash isn’t contagious, but it can be very uncomfortable.
Many substances can cause this reaction, such as cosmetics, fragrances, jewelry and plants. The rash often shows up within days of exposure. If the symptoms do not resolve in a day or two, make an appointment with one of our physicians to help determine the cause of the rash and provide relief of the symptoms. Common treatments for contact dermatitis are oral corticosteroids or antihistamines, and corticosteroid skin creams or ointments. These allergy medications will generally accelerate the healing process, relieve itching, and help you feel better, faster. Patch testing is done at Utah Valley Dermatology to identify the allergen causing the rash breakout.