Contact Dermatitis

Etiology

  • Can be in response to any allergen, including: nickel, hair dyes, plant toxins (poison ivy or oak), and many other substance

Symptoms

  • Acute, erythematous, itchy, burning, following contact w/something patient is allergic to
  • Typically occurs w/in 1-3d of exposure
  • May have past hx of similar rxn if prior exposure

Physical Exam Findings

  • Appearance on skin follows pattern of contact
  • Erythema, edema, blisters
  • Excoriations w/itching

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