This site is intended for healthcare professionals

Go to /sign-in page

You can view 5 more pages before signing in

Clinical features

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

Authoring team

Clinical manifestation of the condition may vary from mild skin dryness and erythema to more pronounced oedema, coalescing vesicles, bullae, pustules, ulceration and even skin necrosis (1)

Lesions are usually sharply demarcated and confined to the contact area (1)

  • mild irritants such as soap or detergent causes dryness, itching, and cracking of the hands due to repetitive washing (2)

Symptoms include burning, stinging, and soreness of the skin (1)

  • acute exposure - itchy, inflamed skin, usually red, swollen and papular with vesicles. Lesions develop rapidly within 6-12 hours of contact. Distant body sites less commonly affected. Recovery may be rapid if no further contact with the irritant.
  • chronic exposure - dry, irritable, red, scaly eruption. Hands and dorsal finger webs most commonly affected; hands are often cracked and fissured.

Note:

  • due to its similarities in clinical and histopathologic presentations, differentiating irritant contact dermatitis from allergic contact dermatitis is difficult. Furthermore both condition often may coexist in a patient (1)
  • irritant contact dermatitis risk is higher in patients with atopic eczema due to the impaired skin barrier function

Reference:

Create an account to add page annotations

Add information to this page that would be handy to have on hand during a consultation, such as a web address or phone number. This information will always be displayed when you visit this page

The content herein is provided for informational purposes and does not replace the need to apply professional clinical judgement when diagnosing or treating any medical condition. A licensed medical practitioner should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

Connect

Copyright 2024 Oxbridge Solutions Limited, a subsidiary of OmniaMed Communications Limited. All rights reserved. Any distribution or duplication of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Oxbridge Solutions receives funding from advertising but maintains editorial independence.