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How does contact dermatitis affect the body?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Contact dermatitis affects the body in several different ways. The most striking and hard-to-ignore symptom of contact dermatitis is itching. People with contact dermatitis develop itchiness that ranges from mild to unbearable. Skin affected by contact dermatitis appears to have been burned, turning red, swollen, and warm. When contact dermatitis is severe, it can form sores that ooze fluid. The skin may turn scaly and form crusts. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist if you are concerned about how contact dermatitis is affecting your body.

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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