Contact Dermatitis Symptoms

Written by the Healthline Editorial Team | Published on July 10, 2014
Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA on July 10, 2014

Contact Dermatitis Symptoms

Contact dermatitis is inflammation of the skin that results from contact with certain substances. You may have a variety of symptoms depending on whether your dermatitis is irritant type or allergic type.

Symptoms of Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Irritant contact dermatitis results from contact with substances that irritate your skin. Symptoms of irritant contact dermatitis are similar to a burn and include:

  • itching
  • redness
  • swelling
  • pain
  • burning

Symptoms of Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis results from contact with a substance you are allergic to. Symptoms include:

  • redness
  • tenderness
  • itching
  • dryness
  • flaking
  • scaling
  • cracking
  • skin thickening
  • feeling of warmth
  • oozing
  • blistering
  • lesions (in extreme cases), including papules (pimple-like)
  • swelling on the top layer of skin (epidermis)
  • swelling of deeper layers of skin, often in the eyelids, mouth, or genitals

Skin allergy symptoms usually appear one to three days after contact with the allergen.

Hives may be a result of a food or drug allergy, but they are also common from contact with latex. This is a particularly prevalent allergy among healthcare workers, who often use latex gloves.

Was this article helpful? Yes No

Send us your feedback

Thank you.

Your message has been sent.

We're sorry, an error occurred.

We are unable to collect your feedback at this time. However, your feedback is important to us. Please try again later.


Show Sources

Read This Next

The Signs and Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis
The Signs and Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis
Adderall and Weight Loss: What You Need to Know
Adderall and Weight Loss: What You Need to Know
The Top 10 Deadliest Diseases
The Top 10 Deadliest Diseases
6 Kinds of Natural Mosquito Repellent
6 Kinds of Natural Mosquito Repellent
7 Health Claims About Astaxanthin
7 Health Claims About Astaxanthin
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement