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Contact Dermatitis Treatment Overview

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First steps to consider

  • Mild to moderate symptoms can be treated at home
  • You can treat with OTC steroid creams.
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When you may need a provider

  • Rash doesn’t go away in 3–5 days or symptoms are severe, like cracking or bleeding.
  • You’re not sure what’s causing your rash, or you were exposed to a toxic chemical.
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When to see a healthcare provider

Contact dermatitis can usually be treated with OTC cortisone creams, but if the rash doesn’t go away in a few days, you should call your healthcare provider. Also see a provider if your skin is cracking or bleeding, if you’re not sure what’s causing your rash, or if you think you may have been exposed to a toxic chemical, especially at work.

What to expect from your visit

A provider can make sure you’re not having an allergic reaction or that there’s not something else causing your rash. They can also prescribe steroid creams and ointments to reduce the inflammation.

Oral steroids like prednisone may be prescribed if the dermatitis is severe. For example, if your skin is cracking or bleeding, you have intense pain, or are unable to move the area where you have dermatitis. 

Prescription medications

  • Hydrocortisone
  • Triamcinolone
  • Clobetasol

Types of contact dermatitis providers

  • A primary care provider can treat mild to moderate symptoms.
  • A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in skin conditions.
  • An allergist can do skin tests to see if you’re having an allergic reaction to something.
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