Id Reaction (Autoeczematization) Treatment & Management

Updated: Jul 10, 2018
  • Author: Matthew P Evans, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Treatment

Medical Care

The goal is to adequately treat the underlying infection or dermatitis, which should lead to prompt resolution of the id reaction. Recurrences are common, especially if the primary source is not treated adequately.

Treatment of the eruption includes the following:

  • Systemic or topical corticosteroids

  • Wet compresses

  • Systemic or topical antihistamines

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Consultations

If a severe underlying infection is present, consult an infectious disease specialist or internist.

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Complications

Complications can include secondary infection and secondary allergic contact dermatitis from topically applied medicaments/emollients.

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