ACD: Symptom and Causes


Signs and symptoms of contact dermatitis include:
  • Red rash or bumps
  • Itching, which may be severe
  • Dry, cracked, red patches, which may resemble a burn
  • Blisters, draining fluid and crusting in severe reactions
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Redness and swelling
  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • Swelling in the eyes and face


Irritants and allergens that can cause contact dermatitis include:
  • Cosmetics
  • Dye used in clothing, fur and leather products
  • Fragrances and perfumes added to products
  • Hair coloring
  • Latex, which is used in things such as plastic gloves, waistbands, bras, condoms,   toys and balloons
  • Medicines, especially antibiotic creams with neomycin
  • Nickel found in many metal products
  • Nail care products, including nail polish, nail hardeners and artificial nails
  • Soaps and cleaning products
  • Poison ivy and other plants

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