Patch Testing in Allergic Contact Dermatits
Sometimes the source of ACD can be obvious as in the two examples mentioned above but many times a “patch test” has to be done by your dermatologist or allergist in order to find the offender. Fragrances, rubber (shoes), metals, cosmetic preservatives like parabens, surfactants (the ingredient that makes shampoo lather), are just some of the ingredients that can cause a problem.
Managing Contact Dermatitis
The most important factor in managing these causes of skin irritation is eliminating the offending particle and moisturizing the skin. If diaper rash is present, then temporarily eliminating diaper wipes and using a gentle non-soap cleanser and water and patting dry will help.
Easier said then done when It comes to eliminating lip licking and thumb sucking, but when it comes to excessive hand washing, switching to a gentle non-soap cleanse that avoids harsh surfactants is crucial. Happy Cappy Daily Body Wash is one such product that uses nonabrasive surfactants that are sulfate free and pH balanced.
Avoiding poison ivy will take long sleeve shirts and pants and diligence in learning how to identify the plant. When it comes to nickel, maybe athleisure (and less wearing of jeans) is a good thing. If the ear lobes are getting irritated, examine what the earring are composed of and aim for 100% gold earrings.
Using an irritant free moisturizing eczema cream at least twice daily that does not have parabens, or fragrance, like Happy Cappy Moisturizing Cream, will help protect the skin barrier, draw water into the skin (glycerin), and reduce further water loss from the skin by coating it an emollient (petrolatum). Happy Cappy has an added benefit of having redness soothing natural ingredient Licorice Root Extract.
If the skin is still irritated, then a doctor consultation is advised as steroids or another prescription anti-inflammatory may be in order.