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Irritant Contact Dermatitis Treatment in Indianapolis and Carmel

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Treatment for Irritant Contact Dermatitis Indianapolis & Carmel IN

If you have a rash you think may be irritant contact dermatitis, and you are interested in treatment, Turkle & Associates can help.

We invite you to continue reading for frequently asked questions and more information about irritant contact dermatitis and how we can help you.

About Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Simply put, irritant contact dermatitis is a rash that develops when your skin comes into contact with something which irritates it and causes it to react.

On this page, we will provide information on contact dermatitis due to skin irritants. Our page on allergic contact dermatitis is here.

The medical term dermatitis means skin (derm) inflammation (itis).

What Does Irritant Contact Dermatitis Look and Feel Like?

The way an irritant contact dermatitis rash looks and feels depends on how irritating the substance is.

A mild irritant can cause your skin to look dry, scaly, crusty, cracked and/or it may blister. There may be itching and you may feel a stinging sensation or a burning sensation. The rash is usually red and may be swollen.

Irritant contact dermatitis from a strong skin irritant can cause your skin to look very swollen, red and blistered. The rash feels painful and can be itchy.

Additionally, an irritant contact dermatitis rash from a mild skin irritant forms slower than one from a stronger skin irritant. Strong irritants can cause skin reactions immediately or in several hours.

Causes of Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Many common products found in your home (or where you work) can irritate your skin and cause an irritant contact dermatitis rash. Examples include, but are not limited to:


  • Soaps
  • Glues
  • Paints
  • Cleaning products
  • Shampoo or conditioner

  • Fiberglass
  • Battery acid
  • Other acids or chemicals

If you don’t feel your skin reaction is due to any of the above, you may have allergic contact dermatitis. Our page on allergic contact dermatitis is here.

Treatment for Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Treatment for irritant contact dermatitis will depend on the severity of your skin reaction.The doctor may recommend products which can be purchased without a prescription, however more severe rashes may require a prescription medication.

To prevent rashes in the future, you should avoid the product that is irritating your skin. Many times, you can substitute the irritating product with one that doesn’t bother your skin.

If you can’t avoid the irritant, gloves or protective clothing may help.

During your appointment, we will let you know the best treatment for irritant contact dermatitis for you.

Diagnosing Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Diagnosing irritant contact dermatitis begins with taking a medical history and the doctor will examine your rash. If you are not sure what caused it, he will ask questions about your day to day activities to narrow down the cause. Generally, once he knows what caused your rash, he’ll be able to tell you if it is irritant contact dermatitis or allergic contact dermatitis.

Do You Take Insurance For Patients with Irritant Contact Dermatitis?

Yes, we do take insurance for patients with irritant contact dermatitis. We suggest you contact your plan administrator to determine if we participate with your insurance plan.

Contact Us About Treatment for Irritant Contact Dermatitis

If you have more questions and would like further information about irritant contact dermatitis treatment, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology by clicking here for our online quick-contact email form or feel free to call us at 317-848-0001.

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Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology’s video content is for informational and educational purposes only. Viewing of these videos should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or a treatment recommendation. As with any health concern, always seek a consultation regarding a medical condition. Any questions concerning the content of these videos may be directed to Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology at drturkle@turklemd.com or 317-848-0001.

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