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does allergic contact dermatitis make you unable to get the smallpox vaccine?


If you have Allergic Contact Dermatitis, not Atopic Dermatitis. Can you still get severe reactions from the small pox vaccine?
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The Center for Disease Control's website warns people with atopic dermatitis.regarding the vaccine, not people who have allergic contact dermatitis. It's always best to let your doctor know about this, of course, before getting the vaccine.  (+ info)

What sunscreen can I use without getting contact dermatitis?


I get really bed exzema and contact dermatitis every time I use sunscreen. Does anyone know of one that I can use and not get this painful rash on my face? I can't skip sunscreen because I burn easily on my face which is just as bad. So please help!! I can't just stay inside for the whole summer!
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New SunClear from Grahams Natural Alternatives protects the skin from the sun and provides added moisture as well. The perfect choice for all skin types including those with eczema and psoriasis. You could also try the more natural based sunscreens such as those from Green People and Lavera.
All sunscreens give protection against B rays; some also protect against A rays. The sun protection factor (SPF) tells you the extent to which the sunscreen filters out the B rays. The higher the SPF, the greater the degree of protection. SPF’s range from 2 up to 50, but someone with very fair skin or who has eczema that worsens in sunlight should use a cream with a factor of 15 or above.  (+ info)

What is the best bodywash/shampoo for someone with contact dermatitis?


I've developed a horrible case of allergic/mechanical contact dermatitis. Any contact with soaps or solvents causes my hands to swell, dry, and crack. I tried using soaps and shampoos for sensitive skin but that didn't even work. Any ideas?
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Try diluted baby shampoo. Get one of those foaming baby shampoos. Most of them only have about 1-2 tablespoons of detergent ingredients per bottle, the rest is water. Best wishes with your condition though, because contact dermatitis is general caused by whatever you are allergic to having already been absorbed into your skin... it won't quit until the allergic substance you have already been exposed to degrades enough to quit bothering you-- and you stop exposing yourself to the problem. In the meantime, you might try some Benedryl gel and/or an aloe vera lotion.  (+ info)

How can I find the cause of my contact dermatitis without going to the dermatologist?


I get itchy, bumpy rashes that come and go every once in a while. It always appears in random places on my body. I changed all of my sheets and put some freshly-washed clothes on. Besides my cat, there isn't anything that could possibly trigger an allergic reaction. (Though I was never allergic to cats!) We don't even have furniture in the living room yet. My mom dusts, cleans, and vaccums the house every morning and night. We are generally cautious about dust mites and pet dander because we have a sick baby. Is there anything I'm missing that could trigger this reaction?
Also, I just recently had a blood transfusion. If what I have is not contact dermatitis then could it be a reaction to the white/red blood cells that were donated to me?
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Most transfusion reactions are immediate.
There is one delayed reaction, called graft vs. host disease, that includes a rash. But it also includes fever and liver issues, and would likely make you feel sick and run-down. If that's the case, you should call your doctor.

Otherwise, contact dermatitis is a good guess.
Have you changed laundry detergents, or fabric softener, or dryer sheets, or soap or shampoo? Even a new deodorant or perfume could be causing a reaction.

The next time you get the rash, try to stop and backtrack, thinking about everything that came into contact with your skin -- and with your clothes.  (+ info)

How to get rid of contact dermatitis?


I am allergic to the metal in all belts, which is a bad thing cause I have to wear one, so I have contact dermatitis on my stomach. I have tried different things such as tucking in an under shirt and using band aids (which I am also allergic to :( ) but it wont seem to go away. I would rather not go to the doctor again for it so can anyone tell me a good way to get rid of it?
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you can use a bit of cortisone for the inflamation. Have you tried clear nail polish painted on all the metal parts?  (+ info)

How do you get rid of contact dermatitis?


i play soccer and when i wear my shinguards but i get this narly rash that the doctor says is contact dermatitis. it is red and bumpy and itchy and i want to get rid of it?! help!
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can urination or lying on carpet cause a child to get a contact dermatitis rash?


i need explanation in detail of the types of things that can cause a child to get a contact dermatitis rash. like sleeping on carpet or urinating on him self and the web site you found the information on.
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Unfortunately, some people just have very sensitive skin. I could roll around in poison ivy and it wouldn't bother me. My husband and daughter get horrible rashes if they walk within 10 feet of it. I have no web site, just life experience with the two "weaklings" I live with. I have to use baby detergent on all of their clothes, and put a blanket on the carpet for my daughter to play on. The only way to truly pinpoint their allergies, is to go to a doctor for allergy testing. Or you can do it the way I do--trial and error. If my daughter gets a rash with one soap, we throw it out and try another. The possible culprits you should consider are: soaps, fabrics, dyes, scents.... Also keep in mind that moisture and heat will make it worse because it causes the pores in the skin to open up and take in more of the irritant.   (+ info)

I have developed a skin rash on my legs - doctor called it contact dermatitis. I need to know of products used?


I have developed a skin rash on my legs - below the knee - the doctor called it "contact dermatitis". I am on day 3 of prednisone (a 5-day prescription) and no notable difference. I am using benadryl cream on it as well. Does anyone know of any products that could speed the healing process or take some color out of it. It itches from time to time but not terrible.
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Initial treatment includes thorough washing with lots of water to remove any trace of the irritant that may remain on the skin. You should avoid further exposure to known irritants or allergens.
In some cases, the best treatment is to do nothing to the area.  (+ info)

What can I do to stop getting contact dermatitis from chlorhexidine wash??


It's the only hand wash in my workplace and I wash my hands after every patient... arrrggghhh. Also I use the alcohol rub which also contains chlorhexidine, I feel if I don't use these I am at risk of spreading bacteria. My hands get so itchy afterwards.... Can someone develop something that doesn't produce contact dermatitis
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Your employer has an obligation to work with you to find a solution to your problem, including things like bringing in a different hand cleanser for you. But I wonder... do you think it is possible you have a latex sensitivity? When I switched to latex free gloves, the dermatitis on my hands resolved.  (+ info)

What is the best course of action to get rid of contact dermatitis?


The rash looks like an irritant eczema which would normally (not always) be expected to be caused by contact with an irritant substance or organism. However, I have no idea what. Is there a way to ID these rashes to avoid their cause. No pets. Location: shins. Or could the rash be caused by a bacterial illness? Not psoriasis by appearance, which also introduces both auto-immunitiy dieseas and a skin response to a pathogen attack.
It looks like Dogger Bank Itch. Left shin above the sock level. Don't wear shorts and I avoid dogs and cats and it is recent so it has not come from the countryside and there are few insects about (hence the mystery). Got a cold virus (so I suppose it could be antibodies, toxins or something?).
Its not scabies, ringworm, flea bites, psoriasis, hand-foot-mouth disease.

Could conceivably be an unprecendented allergic reaction of a common anti-biotic?

I do not get allergies normally, ever of any kind.
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I'd go to your doctor. It's most likely an infection. If it IS contact dermatitis it's your body reacting to something. An auto-immune disease is unlikely, as it would be affecting more than just your shins. New socks?

Seriously, it's probably environmental. Take a photo of it to show to your GP, or check out a Dermatology Atlas. I can recommend a good one, it might be able to help you out: http://dermatlas.med.jhmi.edu/derm/  (+ info)

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