Allergic contact dermatitis is a skin condition that arises after contact with a chemical from which you have developed an allergy. Common allergens are found in:
makeup, soaps, detergents, colognes, various plants such as poison ivy, or other chemical that may be found at home or in the workplace. It is sometimes necessary to do allergy patch testing to determine which chemical may be causing the rash.
Irritant contact dermatitis is similar in appearance to allergic contact dermatitis, although the etiology is different.
It is caused by contact to various chemicals that we use everyday for cosmetic or cleaning purposes, as well as from chemicals in the workplace. These chemicals cause the skin to become inflamed from direct irritation, but not due to an allergic reaction.
Call High Valley Dermatology at 208-SKIN (7546).