Notice an itchy, red rash after wearing that
new silver bracelet? Has that new summer perfume
caused itchy skin around your wrists and neck?
The reason could be as simple as contact dermatitis.
Contact dermatitis is the name given to the
various rashes that result when the skin comes
in contact with something it is allergic to.
Symptoms of contact dermatitis include skin
redness, itching that often becomes painful,
skin thickening, and scaling.
Contact dermatitis is easily remedied with
antihistamines, cortisone-type creams and dry-skin
lotions. If symptoms persist, a physician may
need to issue a prescription.
Following are the top 10 causes of contact
dermatitis recently identified by Mayo Clinic
Nickel, commonly found on jewelry clasps
Gold, usually worn as jewelry.
Balsam of Peru, a fragrance used in skin
care products and perfume.
Thimerosal, a preservative used in vaccines.
Neomycin sulfate, a topical antibiotic.
Fragrance mix, which is comprised of eight
of the most common flavorings found in various
Formaldehyde, a preservative that can be
found in paper products, paints, building
materials, medications, household cleaners
and fabric finishes.
Cobalt chloride, a metal found in medical
products, hair dye, antiperspirants, and in
snaps, buttons and tools.
Bacitracin, a topical antibiotic.
Quaternium-15, a preservative found in
skin care products and in industrial products
such as pains, polishes and waxes.