When should I call the doctor?

You should call your healthcare provider if the skin rash:

  • Blisters.
  • Goes away for a while and then returns.
  • Looks infected (red, warm or swollen).
  • Hurts.
  • Itches constantly.
  • Doesn’t go away in a week with treatment.

What questions should I ask my doctor?

If you’re experiencing signs of contact dermatitis, talk to your healthcare provider. You may want to ask:

  • Why do I have a skin rash (contact dermatitis)?
  • Should I get an allergy test?
  • What steps can I take to prevent contact dermatitis?
  • What are the best treatments for contact dermatitis?
  • What are the best treatments for a painful or itchy skin rash?
  • What over-the-counter cleansers and moisturizers do you recommend?
  • What signs of complications should I look out for?

Contact dermatitis is uncomfortable and can be painful or itchy. Talk to your healthcare provider about how you can find out what’s causing it, reduce your exposure and prevent reactions. You might develop contact dermatitis from working with irritants or chemicals. Ask your employer about how you can minimize rashes while remaining on the job.

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