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Irritant Contact Dermatitis

If your work entails you to exposure to chemicals or other physical agents, then listen: you may not be aware of the skin disease named Irritant Contact Dermatitis. This is caused when the skin gets irritated after coming in contact with chemicals, in most cases of which, could lead to toxic reactions even just after short exposures. Usually affecting in the hands, it manifests as subjective irritancy, transient irritant reactions, persistent irritant reactions, and toxic burns. These would even at times affect the skin's pigment and appendages leading to further complication like follicular and acne form eruptions, miliaria, hyperpigmentation, alopecia, and granulomatous reactions. Simply put, when the skin is inflamed, it become red, itchy, swelling and painful.

As suggested above, contact with physical as well as chemical agents can be irritants. Most experts believe that ICD occurs when the skins ability to repair and defend itself is unable to function within its normal range. In the workplace where exposure can be for prolonged times, irritant contact dermatitis could develop. Take for instance, an immediate, accidental contact with a strong irritant could blister the skin. Mild irritants would only make the skin red, except of course, with repeated exposure, where the redness develops into lesions and sores in the affected area until crusts and scales form. Aside form irritating the skin; it could also remove natural skin oils and moisture from the outer layer of the skin. Lipids, which are fat-like substances on the skin, are removed, thus making the skin look dull and dry.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis Treatment

The question now is how to prevent and treat Irritant Contact Dermatitis? About prevention, one could just avoid irritant or caustic chemicals by wearing protective clothing, applying barrier creams, gels, and solutions on affected areas, or if contacts do happen, and certainly will, because of the nature of one's nature of one's work, washing the affected area with water or weak neutralizing solution are several things one can do to prevent ICD from coming back just put that redness where it most unwelcome. A two-week treatment for ICD would usually include flushing the affected area with water, only to be followed by an antidote and of course, the application of compresses, creams, and ointments such as emollient creams, topical steroids, and antibiotics.

In doing all these things, keep in mind that it is still best to meet and talk with a very trusted doctor who could recommend which cream or antidote is best fit for your condition.