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What causes contact dermatitis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The two kinds of dermatitis have different causes. Irritant contact dermatitis is caused when the skin is irritated by a substance it comes into contact with. Common examples of irritants are soap and makeup. Most cases of dermatitis are caused by irritants. Allergic contact dermatitis happens when the body's immune system tries to defend against an allergen. Examples of common allergens are poison ivy and nickel.

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