This is an Allergic Reaction of the skin, characterized by dry itchy skin. It is caused by contact of the skin with substances such as chemicals that induce an Allergic Reaction.
Tiny blisters that may crust
Scaling, red, thickened skin
Itching, burning, stinging
Large blisters occur
Blisters may follow a line
Nickel in jewelry
Course of Contact Dermatitis -- usually takes two to three weeks to resolve
Calamine or starch
Topical corticosteroids such as Temovate
Oral Prednisone for severe cases for 12-21 days
Scratching can cause scarring, infection, increased pigmentation and thickening of the skin.
High-strength steroids may thin skin, cause acne and affect growth and will require monitoring by a physician.
Avoidance of irritants and triggers
- Washing allergic substance as quickly as possible. Sometimes isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol is used to wash off organic solvents. Lodoquinal may help with nickel allergy. The best prevention, of course, is to avoid substances that induce this reaction.