Contact Dermatitis

Editor: V. Dimov, M.D., Allergist/Immunologist, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Clinical Associate Professor, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. There are two kinds of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic. Contact dermatitis affects between 1.5% and 5% of people.

Contact dermatitis
Patch Test Procedure
Patient guide to patch testing (PDF)
SkinSAFE - database of safe skincare products, listed based on ingredients from your patch test
Videos explaining each contact allergen: mypatchlink.com/videos.aspx
Hives (urticaria) and angioedema
Eczema or atopic dermatitis
Allergy Testing
Skin Allergy Quiz by AAAAI



Contact Dermatitis - An Approach to Treatment (click to enlarge the image).



How to use topical steroid - video by National Eczema Association.

Related reading:

American Contact Dermatitis Society Core Allergen Series (PDF)
Contact Dermatitis: A Practice Parameter–Update 2015. JACI In-Practice.
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Published: 07/12/2008
Updated: 02/09/2017

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