Contact Dermatitis Tips

Here are some tips from the Emory Contact Dermatitis Division that you can use to minimize discomfort until the causes for your outbreak have been determined:

  • Avoid any suspected products or materials that may be causing the outbreak until a determination can be made.
  • Do not scratch the itch!
  • Take cool baths instead of hot showers, (heat exacerbates the itchiness), and take fewer baths than you normally take.
  • Do not use soap or other detergents, which could be irritants.
  • Do not use antiseptics or any products except what your doctor recommends. You may be given a corticosteroid cream by your physician, but only apply as much or little as you have been instructed.