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Contact Dermatitis Treatment

When touching a substance causes an itchy rash on your skin, you most likely have contact dermatitis. This skin condition is one of the most common causes of rashes – everything from poison oak and ivy to allergic reactions to chemicals are categorized under contact dermatitis. At MJR Dermatology, we offer accurate diagnosis and contact dermatitis treatment at our facility in Lawrenceville, GA.

The skin is the first defense for the immune system. When you come in contact with anything your body views as toxic or a threat, the skin and body may react. This immune response can trigger the symptoms of contact dermatitis. While it is not contagious, it can be uncomfortable and may require medical treatment if it is severe.

Causes and Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis

The most common causes of contact dermatitis are substances that are allergens. Plants like poison ivy release oils that most people are allergic to, which is why the skin erupts in a rash when it comes in contact with these plants. While contact with an allergen or substance is the most common cause of contact dermatitis, you could also ingest something and have systemic contact dermatitis. Common allergens include nickel, topical medications, Balsam of Peru, dyes, perfumes and formaldehyde.

If you ingest or come in contact with substances that are perceived as hazardous by your body, you may have a contact dermatitis reaction. Symptoms include:

  • Red, itchy rash with bumps
  • Blistering and oozing sores
  • Dry or cracked skin
  • Burning or tenderness
  • Leathery, darker skin patches

Most outbreaks of contact dermatitis will clear up on their own without medical treatment. However, if it does not clear within a few weeks or causes intense pain, it may be time to see a skin specialist.

Relief for Contact Dermatitis

If you have a painful rash that is keeping you awake at night or is widespread, come see us at MJR Dermatology. We can provide contact dermatitis treatment for rashes that are impacting your health or appearance. There are topical and oral medications that hasten healing from contact dermatitis and provide relief from the symptoms. Call our clinic in the Duluth and Lawrenceville, GA, area in Gwinnett County to schedule your appointment.

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Matthew J. Reschly, M.D., PC


2000 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Located on the lower Courtyard Level

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