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Can clothing help prevent dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Clothing can help protect you from contact dermatitis because it puts a barrier between you and an irritating substance. So if your hands are irritated when they are exposed to harsh detergents or chemicals, gloves can help. If you are working in an environment where the irritant is in the air all around, you may want to wear clothing that covers you completely. If you have atopic dermatitis or eczema, coarse fibers such as wool can rub against the rash and can trigger the itch cycle. Once the itch gets going, it's hard to stop it, so wearing softer clothing can help prevent setting off the itch of dermatitis.

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