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Irritant Contact Dermatitis: Overview

Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Think of irritant contact dermatitis, as how touching any acid burns your skin. Any material that irritates your skin and creates redness, itching, blisters, etc. is said to cause irritant contact dermatitis. Strong chemicals are not the only causes of irritant contact dermatitis. Many people develop it after touching many innocent looking materials. It all depends upon the length of contact, the temperature, your skin reaction, your skin type, etc. If your skin is very dry, you will get this condition faster.

Irritant contact dermatitis is different than allergic contact dermatitis. In allergic contact dermatitis, a material to which you are allergic causes the inflammation. In irritant contact dermatitis, the material irritates your skin and hurts you before your skin repairs itself, thus causing the dermatitis.

Article created on: June 6, 2006

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