Allergic Contact Dermatitis

At Sutton Place Dermatology, we treat a range of cases of allergic contact dermatitis. Our dermatologists in NYC can help treat and manage your symptoms effectively with a variety of allergic contact dermatitis treatments. In an allergic reaction, your immune system reacts in response to what it thinks is a threat. You may experience an allergic reaction to latex or something benign, but your immune system mistakenly thinks that it is being threatened by an outside force. In response, after a chain of chemical reactions, you are left with an inflamed and itchy rash on your skin.

What is allergic contact dermatitis?

Allergic contact dermatitis is characterized by the formation or occurrence of a red, itchy, blotch-like rash that forms in response to contact with or ingestion of something that your immune system views as dangerous. While the rash is not medically dangerous, it can be incredibly uncomfortable and itchy. Many patients can benefit from a topical or oral medication that soothes and manages the intense itching or discomfort of allergic contact dermatitis.

When you come in contact or ingest something that your immune system thinks is harmful or dangerous, your body will produce antibodies in an attempt to fight off the “invading” substance. During this process, your body also releases histamines, which is what causes the allergic reaction itself. In severe cases of allergic contact dermatitis, boils or blisters may form. These blisters are full of the antihistamine that your body is producing to fight off the substance it views as a threat.

Rashes vary in severity, and your reaction depends on how much of the substance and how long you were exposed to the substance for before your allergic reaction occurred. More potent substances may result in a more severe allergic reaction, but some aspects out of your control like your genetic history and the weather or environmental facets can also cause a more serious reaction.

Common allergens include:

  • Poison oak / ivy / sumac
  • Latex
  • Medications
  • Soaps
  • Detergents
  • Personal hygiene products

What allergic contact dermatitis treatment options are there?

If you have not experienced any improvement in your allergic reaction after a week or you are concerned with the severity of your reaction, please contact us so we can help you create a treatment regimen to manage your symptoms. One allergic contact dermatitis treatment is the use of topical agents like a prescription steroid or antihistamine creams or ointments. These creams and ointments help ease the intense itching or discomfort of allergic contact dermatitis.

In severe cases where topical agents have not helped, an oral allergic contact dermatitis treatment may be prescribed. An oral steroid, antihistamine, corticosteroid, or medication can help reduce the irritation and inflammation of an allergic reaction. Antihistamines can be used to manage the itching of allergic contact dermatitis, as well as fight off a bacterial infection. Different oral medications provide a different form of relief to allergic contact dermatitis, and our dermatologists can help manage your symptoms with a topical or oral allergic contact dermatitis treatment depending on the particular symptoms you are experiencing.

How can I learn more about an allergic contact dermatitis treatment?

Our dermatologists would be glad to discuss an allergic contact dermatitis treatment with you. To request a personal consultation with our dermatologists to discuss an allergic contact dermatitis treatment, please request an appointment online or call 212.838.0270.

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