Medically Reviewed on 3/15/2022
4 home remedies
For mild contact dermatitis, the following simple home remedies can help get rid of the rash fast.
Contact dermatitis usually resolves with simple home remedies within two to four weeks if the trigger is also removed. If it does not get better, the doctor will prescribe strong treatments.
For mild contact dermatitis, simple home remedies are sufficient to get rid of the rash fast, such as:
- Moisturizing the cracked and dry skin of contact dermatitis provides a soothing effect. It promotes skin healing and repairs the skin barrier.
- Even after the rash disappears, the moisturizer can help prevent further attacks of contact dermatitis. However, buy the ones that mention “hypo-allergenic” and “fragrance-free” on their labels.
- You can prepare a cool compress by dipping a cotton cloth in water and applying it over the rash for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat this at least four to five times a day. This can help relieve the itch, pain, or discomfort.
- Take lukewarm or oatmeal baths because these are soothing. Do not get tempted to use scented soaps, fragranced body washes, or bubble baths for this purpose. Sometimes, any soap can irritate your skin during the rash. Hence, you can wash your body with plain water only.
- For oatmeal baths, you can buy fragrance-free colloidal oatmeal bath additives from stores or prepare one at home.
- The most important thing that can help you prevent the contact dermatitis rash from worsening is to identify the thing that has triggered the skin condition.
- Ask yourself whether you have used anything on your skin, such as a new eyeliner, foundation, compact, or a new perfume, in the past seven days. If yes, you need to discontinue using it and see if it helps subside the rash.
How to avoid skin irritants
Sometimes, your workplace can be the source of irritants that have triggered your rash. Workplaces, where such irritants exist, include beauty parlors, hospitals, kitchens, florist shops, and manufacturing units.
If you work at these places, you can wear protective gear, such as gloves, face masks, goggles, long-sleeved tops or shirts, and full pants. Take precautions to not let the irritants touch the skin directly. If you are allergic to the latex used in gloves, switch to non-latex gloves.
Nickel is a common cause of contact dermatitis. You know you are allergic to nickel if exposure to nickel-containing items causes skin rashes and itchiness in the part that has come into contact with it. These items include:
- Jewelry (especially earrings)
- Mobile phones
- Metal tools
- Bathroom fixtures
- Furniture parts
- Machinery parts
Clothing accessories, such as zippers, snaps, belt buckles, bra hooks, metal buttons, and zippers, are most likely to contain nickel. While buying these items, look for the ones that are plastic or coated with plastic. If you already have nickel-containing clothing accessories, coat them with nail polish to create a barrier.
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3 over-the-counter medications
For mild contact dermatitis or dermatitis that does not clear up with the above home remedies, you can try certain over-the-counter medications that can be used for faster relief, such as:
5 prescription medications
If the home remedies and over-the-counter medications are not improving your rash or if the rash is severe, widespread, or worsening, you need to contact your doctor who may prescribe medications.
- Prescription (higher dose) hydrocortisone
Medically Reviewed on 3/15/2022
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