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What are the symptoms of contact dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Contact dermatitis can produce a variety of symptoms. The skin may appear to have been burned or can develop well-defined red patches. The skin is usually quite itchy, too. Skin affected by contact dermatitis often feels swollen, tender, and warm. In more severe cases, contact dermatitis may cause sores to form. These skin sores may ooze fluid and become scaly or crusty. Consult a doctor or dermatologist if you suspect you have symptoms of contact dermatitis.

Symptoms of contact dermatitis include itchy, red rashes with distinct borders. The rash only appears where the substance came into contact with the skin. The rashes may have bumps or blisters and may cause swelling and pain as well as itching. Rashes can range from mild to severe.

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