Contact dermatitis is a skin reaction from contact with certain substances. The substances may be:
Common irritants that can cause contact dermatitis in children include:
Common allergens that can cause contact dermatitis in children include:
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. The skin may be:
Symptoms are usually worse where the substance came in contact with the skin. Larger areas may also be affected. The symptoms of contact dermatitis can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
Treatment may include:
If your child has contact dermatitis from poison ivy, oak, or sumac:
For more severe reactions, contact your child's healthcare provider. He or she may prescribe corticosteroid pills or liquid, or other medicines.
Call 911 if your child has contact dermatitis with trouble breathing.
Call the healthcare provider if your child has:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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