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irritant contact dermatitis

noun

medical Definition of 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 DoumaThe Chicago Tribune9 Aug. 2000
— compare allergic contact dermatitis

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