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Welcome to White Pebble Dermatology practice in Columbia, Maryland, and Highland, Maryland! Contact dermatitis is a skin condition that occurs when the skin comes into contact with an irritant or allergen. It can cause redness, itching, and other symptoms that can be uncomfortable and unsightly. In this section, we'll discuss contact dermatitis in more detail and explain how our team can help you manage this condition.

What is Contact Dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is a type of skin inflammation that occurs when the skin comes into contact with an irritant or allergen. Common irritants that can cause contact dermatitis include soaps, detergents, and chemicals, while common allergens include metals, rubbers, fragrances, and certain plants such as poison Ivy. Symptoms of contact dermatitis can range from mild redness and itching to more severe blistering and swelling.

How is Contact Dermatitis diagnosed?

Contact Dermatitis is usually diagnosed clinically after taking a detailed history and aided by the characteristics of the rash. Sometimes a skin biopsy is necessary to rule out other possible conditions.

Treatment Options

There are a variety of effective treatment options for contact dermatitis, including:

  • Avoidance of irritants and allergens: identifying and avoiding the substances that trigger contact dermatitis is key to preventing further outbreaks
  • Patch testing is sometimes performed to identify the allergens in chronic or recalcitrant contact dermatitis.
  • Topical medications: creams, ointments, and lotions that can be applied directly to the skin to reduce inflammation and relieve itching
  • Oral medications: antihistamines and other medications that can help reduce itching and other symptoms
  • Wet dressings: a treatment in which wet bandages are applied to the affected area to soothe and reduce inflammation

Our team of dermatology specialists will work closely with you to determine the best treatment approach based on the extent and severity of your contact dermatitis.


Preventing contact dermatitis is important, especially if you are prone to recurring outbreaks. Here are some tips to help prevent contact dermatitis:

  • Avoid irritants and allergens that trigger your contact dermatitis
  • Wear gloves and protective clothing when handling chemicals or other irritants
  • Use mild soaps and detergents
  • Moisturize your skin regularly to prevent dryness and cracking

Why Choose Us?

At our dermatology practice, we understand the impact that contact dermatitis can have on your skin and your overall well-being. That's why we are committed to providing compassionate, personalized care to each and every one of our patients. Our team of experienced dermatology specialists has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the best possible care and treatment for contact dermatitis.

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Ready to Take the First Step?

If you're struggling with contact dermatitis or skin rash in general and are ready to take the first step toward healthier, more comfortable skin, we invite you to text/call to schedule a visit with one of our dermatology specialists. We look forward to helping you achieve your skin care goals and live a more confortable life!

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