Many instances of contact dermatitis can be handled without medical interventions or visits to the doctor’s office or clinic.

But if a rash becomes painful, weeps pus, covers a wide area of the body or is affecting the eyes, or if it produces a feeling of general sickness and a fever, do not hesitate to see a doctor.

Primary Care Physician/Family Doctor

Your first visit should be to your regular doctor, who will perform the necessary tests to determine the specific cause of your allergic reaction and provide you with guidance in treating and managing your allergy.

Allergist/Immunologist

If he or she believes you need to see a specialist, your doctor may refer you to an allergist/immunologist if you have allergic contact dermatitis. An allergist is a pediatrician or internist with at least two additional years of specialized training in diagnosing and treating allergies. If your regular doctor cannot determine the exact cause of your allergic reaction, an allergist should be able to.

Dermatologist

Your doctor may send you to a dermatologist to seek specialty care if you have a persistent problem with irritant contact dermatitis. A dermatologist is a doctor specializing in treating conditions affecting the skin, hair, and nails. Dermatologists typically go through three extra years of specialized training after earning a medical degree and completing an internship, and they treat all types of skin concerns.