Irritant Contact Dermatitis Guidelines

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Savina Aneja, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Guidelines Summary

Patients with suspected irritant contact dermatitis must first be extensively counseled to avoid further contact with suspected irritants and any potential sensitizers. Topical and oral corticosteroids can be helpful in treatment of symptoms, including mild-to-moderate dermatitis and pruritus. Patch testing can be considered if there is a concern for allergic contact dermatitis and should always be performed by an experienced clinician who understands the nuances of interpreting such tests. [1]

Also see Contact Dermatitis: A Practice Parameter--Update 2015.