How can I prevent contact dermatitis?

For allergic contact dermatitis:

  • Avoid contact with substances that cause the skin rash.
  • Wash any area that comes into contact with allergic substances.
  • Learn to recognize poison oak and poison ivy.

For irritant contact dermatitis:

  • Wear cotton gloves under rubber gloves for all wet work. Use plain petroleum jelly to protect the skin. Reapply the petroleum jelly 2 or 3 times a day and after washing your hands.
  • Avoid contact with substances that irritate the skin.
  • Use mild soaps.
  • Use hand creams and lotions frequently.

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