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Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Contact Causes Damage To The Skin

What is Irritant Contact Dermatitis?

Irritant contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin caused by coming into contact with a particular substance. This kind of dermatitis is very frequent.

It is limited to the contact area and once the cause of the irritation is removed, it disappears on its own.

Causes

There are a range of causes: solvents, alcohol, volatile substances, soaps, concentrated and aggressive surface-active agents, acidic or basic substances, corrosive agents, abrasives, powders, synthetic fabrics, the wind, and the cold.

Symptoms

Itching, reddening of the skin, swelling, blisters, peeling of the surface layer, skin thickening, and rhagades.

Affected areas

Where the skin has been exposed and come into contact with the irritant/agent that caused the reaction.

Treatment
  • Remove the cause/agent that triggered the reaction;
  • Reduce the inflammation, without resorting to cortisone if possible;
  • Rebuild the skin barrier using emollient and cleansing products.
Avoid
  • Using excessively aggressive cleansers (soaps) and potential allergens (perfumes, preservatives, colorants, metals) because ICD (irritant dermatitis) often leads to ACD (allergic dermatitis).
  • Using extremely foamy and fragranced cleansers;
  • Furnishings in the home which are difficult to wash - wallpaper, carpets, soft toys, heavy non-washable curtains (velvet);
  • High temperatures, pets and smoking indoors.
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