At the Contact Dermatitis Institute, we specialize in the treatment of allergic contact dermatitis. Our team of experts work with each patient to determine the cause of their reaction, and then create a comprehensive avoidance plan to ensure better quality of life.
Allergic contact dermatitis is a skin condition caused by a reaction to a contact allergen. The reaction does not occur upon first contact but after a second or repeated exposure over time to the same allergen. Common contact allergens include ingredients in fragrance and cosmetics; preservatives; rubber; plants; nickel, gold, and other metals; and many others. Allergic contact dermatitis can take many forms: a red, itchy rash; dry and cracked or scaly skin; bumps, blisters and lesions; and swelling and tenderness. Once you have developed allergic contact dermatitis, it is likely to recur. A personal or family history of other allergies may increase your chance of developing this skin condition.
Patch testing is the only medical test that can identify a delayed allergy. Unlike “immediate” allergies like you hear about to peanuts, pollens, and dog dander, “delayed” allergies to things like perfumes or other ingredients in cosmetics can cause a form of eczema over time. A patch test may include between 36 to 85 allergens. In some complex cases, expect over 100 allergens.