Contact Dermatitis Prevention

Written by the Healthline Editorial Team | Published on July 14, 2014
Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA on July 14, 2014

Contact Dermatitis Prevention

The best way to prevent contact dermatitis is to avoid the substance that causes your skin rash. The following suggestions might help you with this.

Prevention at Home

Once you have identified the substances or activities that caused your outbreak, it’s important to avoid them. Read the labels on cosmetics, lotions, soaps, and other products. You may need to use dye- and perfume-free products. Wear gloves when you wash dishes or using cleaners and chemicals around the house. Wear gloves and keep your arms and legs covered when you work in the garden. If you have had photoallergic dermatitis, stay out of the sun.

Prevention at Work

If you work in an environment with irritants or allergens, wear protective clothing and take measures to avoid skin contact. This might include:

  • nonlatex protective gloves
  • long sleeve shirts
  • good ventilation
  • barrier creams or skin cleansers
  • proper storage of chemicals
  • disposable paper towels

If you do contact substances that irritate your skin, wash the affected area immediately with warm water and mild soap. This can help stop the reaction. 

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