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How does contact dermatitis affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Depending on its severity and frequency, contact dermatitis can have a minor to major affect on your body. If you are irritated by a substance you can usually stay away from, you may have minor rashes once in a while. But if you often encounter allergens, the resulting rashes could have a major impact on your life. Besides being itchy, allergic rashes might blister and cause swelling and pain. Scratching your rash too much could lead to infection.

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