irritant contact dermatitis


: inflammation of the skin that follows direct contact of an irritant (such as soap, acid, or fiberglass) with the skin and that is typically marked by a burning, red rash often with dry scales, crusting, and pustules
Red, scaly skin patches are typical symptoms of irritant contact dermatitis. The redness can show up within minutes of contact or it can take days to become noticeable.Allen Douma, The Chicago Tribune
compare allergic contact dermatitis

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irritant contact dermatitis


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“Irritant contact dermatitis.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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