3 Useful Tips for Preventing Contact Dermatitis

Nearly everyone has experienced that unpleasant itching at least once in their lives. Even though the majority of victims do not experience significant allergic reactions, contact dermatitis can have unpleasant effects before subsiding. When your skin makes contact with an allergic  substance, it could result in a burning or itchy rash. The reaction is called contact dermatitis, for which you should see a dermatologist.

For most people, allergic reactions do not begin after the first contact with that substance. The first contact often makes people develop sensitivity to an allergen. However, a rash and other symptoms start after the second exposure. Many times, you can get rid of the rash on your own. It would be best if you began by finding the cause. Once you are aware of the cause of your outbreak, avoiding it will clear the rash. 

We are, therefore, going to highlight several dermatologists’ tips to help you prevent contact dermatitis. 

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Preventing Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is not contagious, which makes it easy to avoid. The effects, nonetheless, can make you self-conscious and uncomfortable. While there are different medicated creams, shampoos, and ointments, moisturizing regularly can control the symptoms. Prevention often involves avoiding the objects causing contact dermatitis. 

In some cases, you may not know the cause of the itching.. If the precise source is unknown, you may want to consider recording things you are exposed to, to determine the reaction’s cause. 

Here are some common scenarios of contact dermatitis;


  • Rash Under Shoes, Clothing, And Jewelry


A rash may develop where clothing, buckles, gloves, zippers, shoes, fasteners, or jewelry touches your skin. In such cases;

  • Discontinue wearing the item for a couple of days 

If discontinuing wearing the piece makes the rash to begin clearing, it may indicate an allergy to a fabric finisher, dye, or metal. It is normal to develop an allergy to a piece of jewelry you have worn for years. 

The most common cause of allergy is nickel, which is a metal present in the majority of jewelry, including a wedding ring. It’s called ring eczema.  A qualified dermatologist can help with preventive measures against outbreaks 


  • Rash On The Face


Although finding the cause of a rash on the face can be challenging, you can begin by answering these questions:

  • Have you tried a new fragrance, eye cream, or makeup? You might be allergic to the ingredients in these items. 
  • Do you use tweezers or an eyelash curler? The items often have nickel, a common reason behind contact dermatitis. Brief contact with tweezers or an eyelash curler can result in an allergic reaction. 
  • Do you rub the eyes? Eye rubbing can cause indirect contact with an allergen resulting in a rash on the face. 
  • Do you use artificial nails or nail polish? The two substances can cause a rash when they come into contact with your face. 


  • Rash On The Side Of Your Hairline, Neck, Face, or Chest


The following scenarios can result in the rash;

  • Holding your cellphone against the face: A rash on one side of your face may mean an allergy to chromium or nickel
  • Switching conditioner or shampoo: Allergies to shampoo or conditioner ingredients can result in a rash where the substances run down your body as you rinse. 
  • Using a perm solution or hair dye: Some people are allergic to these products, which causes a rash. 


Some preventive measures include;

  • Wearing protective clothing when doing tasks that involve caustic chemicals or irritants
  • Avoiding dry skin by using these habits during your bath:
  • Reduce your time in the showers. Limiting your showers and baths to ten minutes can prevent dry skin. 
  • Use warm instead of hot water for baths. 
  • Gently pat the skin with a soft towel after taking a bath. 
  • Seal in skin moisture using a cream, oil, or lotion when it is still damp. 

The Wrap Up

Contact dermatitis is a preventable condition. You need to know the cause of your rash to prevent an allergic reaction. Sometimes you can find one reason but miss others. In such instances, seeing a dermatologist can help establish other causes of your allergies. Once you know the cause of your allergy, the dermatologist will work with you to create a plan that prevents contact with the allergens.

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