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What is contact dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is inflammation of the skin caused by direct contact with something that causes irritation or an allergic response. The condition is characterized by a red and inflamed skin rash, often accompanied by oozing blisters and dry, cracked skin. Symptoms can range from mild inflammation to severe peeling and pain. Contact dermatitis can occur anywhere on the body, but is most likely to appear on the hands and face.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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