Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is the inflammation of the skin either due to an irritant or an allergen. Common skin irritants include sawdust, sanitizers, shampoo, soaps, detergents, chemicals present in daily use products like nail paint removers, floor cleaners, etc. Irritant contact dermatitis presents with ulceration and blistering, dry and crusty skin, etc. Allergic dermatitis is due to an altered immune response towards successive trigger exposure. The triggers can be latex, leather, citrus fruit peel, cosmetic products, nickel jewelry, etc. It is characterized by an itchy rash, burning sensation, redness, swelling of eyes or face, etc.

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Will Epiduo gel cause skinburn?

Query: Hi doctor, I am using a treatment on my acne called Epiduo which was prescribed by my doctor. My skin has very bad hyperpigmentation and acne. I have been using the treatment for three days and on the second day it itched and burnt a little and I thought it was just working and all was fine. But o...  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have developed contact dermatitis to this Epiduo (Adapalene and Benzoyl peroxide) which you were using for treatment of acne. Now your skin has two problems. It needs to be treated in two steps. First, we have to treat contact dermatitis. Do not use Epiduo now. ...  Read Full »

I have a history of contact dermatitis. What could be causing the red or purple itchy spots inside my arms and biceps?

Query: Hi doctor, I just moved from one country to another and have been eating many unusual foods. I am a vegan but have eaten meat and transferred from being primarily vegetarian due to hidden meat and animal products in food. I include this information as I wonder if this results from food. I get a lot ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your query and examined your given pictures (attachment removed for patient identity protection). Unfortunately, it seems you have developed allergic contact dermatitis. You can use topical Mometasone cream local application twice daily and take a tablet of ...  Read Full »

My face appears swollen and itchy after using the exfoliating solution. What should I do next?

Query: Hello doctor,I used an exfoliating solution for three days. It is supposed to be my fifth day of using it, but I stopped using it because my face looks so itchy and swollen. I think I have an allergic reaction. What is this, and what should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. As per your description, it seems you have irritant contact dermatitis due to Tretinoin and Hydroquinone chemical. It is a localized disease confined to the areas of exposure and may aggravate subsequent exposure. After cleaning the area,...  Read Full »

How to treat inflamed scalp due to contact dermatitis by tree tea oil application?

Query: Hello doctor, About two months ago, I used a coal tar shampoo mistakenly because I thought it would help remove a reaction I had to fenugreek, where I was constantly itching and flaking. Then, about three weeks ago, I washed my hair with 100% kaolin clay, undiluted tea tree oil, and apple cider vin...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hydrocortisone ointment is a type of steroid. Most Hydrocortisone are mild, and they are used in the treatment of eczema, insect bites, and, in your case, for treating contact dermatitis. There are points to be kept in mind while using Hydrocortisone ointment: 1. It s...  Read Full »

I have a painful mark on my finger skin on which I wore a ring, and it is itchy. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,There was a mark on my finger skin due to wearing a ring. It has been seven days since that mark is being spread, and a little painful as well. Initially, it was a small mark, but now it is getting wider on that finger. I feel itching on that place sometimes. I find little water also comin...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It looks like allergic contact dermatitis to the ring (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Also, there can be a secondary component of candidal fungal infection. I suggest you the following treatment: 1) Candid-B cream (Cl...  Read Full »

The top of my husband's left foot is itchy, has bumps, and sometimes secretes water. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, The top of my husband's left foot, where the hair grows, is itching. The overlying skin is hard and has bumps. It sometimes secretes water. It has been like that for two weeks. We are trying home remedies for itching, such as garlic and apple cider vinegar. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. This looks like nummular eczema, and another possibility is irritant contact dermatitis to new footwear. 1. Is this happening for the first time? 2. Any history of eczema in the past? 3. Is it only on the left foot? 4. Is the right foot c...  Read Full »

I have a white blister on the tip of my penis and foreskin after using sanitizer on my penis. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex four days ago. I use sanitizer to sanitize my penis. But now I have a white blister on the tip of my penis and foreskin. What could be the reason for that lesion? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. It is most likely contact dermatitis due to the use of sanitizer. But I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Get a Tzanck smear test done. Apply 2 % Mupirocin (topical antibiotic) ointment ...  Read Full »

I am getting a rash on my back which is itchy and painful. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a rash that comes and goes for the past few months. It is present in the midline of my lower back. The rashes are itchy and seldom painful. and the pain is sharp and episodic. There are no other symptoms present.I have tried a Medrol dose pack (low-dose oral steroid pack), t...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems like you are suffering from eczema. Therefore, I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below; 1. Use a good moisturizer to keep your skin well hydrated. Apply the moisturizer multiple time...  Read Full »

I am experiencing some problems with my mouth area. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a problem with my mouth area. How can I treat it? Can you suggest some medicines?   Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the history and image provided, it appears as allergic dermatitis, which appears as small bumps of skin which may or may not appear inflamed, and presents with discomfort, itching, and sometimes pain. They appear due to multiple factors, including contact with...  Read Full »

Can the red bumps on my forehead be due to the new skin care products I used?

Query: Hello doctor, Tiny red bumps started appearing on my chin and forehead, where I used to exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week. I recently started using new products in my skincare (I incorporated Azelaic acid 10 %, Niacinamide 15 %, and 5 % Salicylic acid), among others. Could it be just a reaction to over-...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you mentioned, red lesions, irritant dermatitis, or exfoliative dermatitis may appear due to excess exfoliation, including using physical and chemical exfoliants. As you have mentioned, usage of exfoliants once or twice a week, along with new skincare products whi...  Read Full »

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