Contact Dermatitis

The Basics

Contact dermatitis is a common type of eczema when your skin touches something that causes a rash. The skin can be dry, itchy, cracked, red, sore, and even bleed. This can be due to exposure to either an irritant or a substance that you may have developed an allergy to. In order to determine if an allergy is responsible for your contact dermatitis, an allergy patch test is necessary.

What to Expect:

  • We apply a series of panels containing various allergens on your back.
  • You wear the patches for 2 days.
  • After 48 hours, at your follow-up visit, we remove the patches and perform an initial read.
  • 2 days later, at your second follow-up visit, we perform a second read and discuss your results.
  • Depending on your allergy patch test results, we help you identify what substances you should avoid and way to prevent contact with that substance.

Our Recommendations

  • Patch testing can be a bit uncomfortable and itchy so we recommend you avoid exercise the week of the patch test to minimize the patches from shifting.
  • Bring photos of your personal care products for the evaluation so your dermatologist can understand what you are exposed to.

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