Allergic contact dermatitis

Today there are around 3,500 substances, allergens, which can cause allergic eczema outbreaks. This form of dermatitis occurs when individuals come in contact with an allergen, which can lead to contact eczema. Allergic contact dermatitis means that people have a heightened hypersensitivity reaction that is shown by different symptoms. These symptoms may arise hours to several days after contact with the sensitizing allergen.

Today there are a variety of substances that can cause contact dermatitis. The most common among women have long been nickel and among men perfume. In addition to these allergens, rubber and latex including gloves and certain preservatives, primarily found in skin care products are known sources of allergens. Amongst builders it is common thar chromium, which is present in cement, cause problem. Some individuals have problems with contact dermatitis in the armpits. This is often  by fragrances or aluminum-based salts.

When the skin has been in contact with an allergen eczema appears as itching blisters. This type of eczema can show decreasing symptoms later in life, but disappear rarely completely.


Site updated 2016-01-15

Good to know

The term eczema or dermatitis, meaning inflammation in the skin, is a collective term used for several skin conditions where the symptoms are similar. Such symptoms may include redness, swelling, dryness, itching, scaling and even blisterin.