ACD: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Avoid contact with substances that cause the skin rash.
  • Wash any area that comes into contact with allergic substances.
  • Wear cotton gloves for all wet work. Or, use petroleum jelly to protect the skin. Reapply the petroleum jelly two or three times a day and after washing your hands.
  • Use mild soaps and detergents
  • Use hand creams and lotions frequently.

Watch Out

  • Blisters that ooze
  • Burning or itching that is usually intense without visible skin sores (lesions)
  • Swelling in the eyes, face, and genital areas (severe cases)

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor if you have
  • Reddening of skin (either in patches or all over the body)
  • Intermittent dry, scaly patches of skin
  • Hives or rash
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Darkened, "leathery," and cracked skin

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