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What do I need to know about caring for someone with contact dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If someone in your care has contact dermatitis, you might want to try taking these steps to help manage it:
  • When a rash occurs due to exposure to an irritant, wash the affected skin with mild soap and rinse well with lukewarm water. This will help ensure that any trace of the irritant has been removed. 
  • If the person in your care is bothered by itching, try applying an anti-itch cream and moisturizer.
  • If itching persists, consider trying an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream. Use these products only as directed to avoid side effects. 
  • If symptoms of contact dermatitis become severe or won't go away, take the person in your care to a doctor. The doctor may prescribe stronger medication to control the symptoms of contact dermatitis. 
  • Help to identify what triggers the symptoms of contact dermatitis in the person in your care. Help him or her avoid those triggers. 
A doctor can answer any questions you may have about caring for someone with contact dermatitis.

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