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Old 01-04-2004, 06:05 PM   #1
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Question Just how long does a case of contact dermatitis last???

Does anyone know how long contact dermatitis lasts and what do you do for the itching? Is it best to have it dry or keep it moist?

 
Old 01-06-2004, 05:42 PM   #2
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Re: Just how long does a case of contact dermatitis last???

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Does anyone know how long contact dermatitis lasts and what do you do for the itching? Is it best to have it dry or keep it moist?
If you are getting the proper medicines(Topical steroid creams & an antihistamine daily, it should clear up within a week of starting treatment. Although some cases are a little more persistent and may require stronger steroid cream, if it doesn't clear up in 2 weeks, see your doctor. If it's not being treated, it is just going to get worse, and the skin will get really ugly, really fast. For the itching...well I don't know what to tell you, b/c I find that the right dose of steroid cream will help the itching withing a few minutes of applying. Do not keep it dry!! Dry skin is total breeding ground for rashes. Apply a generous amount of lotion(no fragrances, dyes, NOTHING..the purest lotion u can find!cetaphil if possible) to the affected area everytime it is looking dry.

 
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Old 01-07-2004, 06:11 AM   #3
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Re: Just how long does a case of contact dermatitis last???

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If you are getting the proper medicines(Topical steroid creams & an antihistamine daily, it should clear up within a week of starting treatment. Although some cases are a little more persistent and may require stronger steroid cream, if it doesn't clear up in 2 weeks, see your doctor. If it's not being treated, it is just going to get worse, and the skin will get really ugly, really fast. For the itching...well I don't know what to tell you, b/c I find that the right dose of steroid cream will help the itching withing a few minutes of applying. Do not keep it dry!! Dry skin is total breeding ground for rashes. Apply a generous amount of lotion(no fragrances, dyes, NOTHING..the purest lotion u can find!cetaphil if possible) to the affected area everytime it is looking dry.
thanks! I will try it.

 
Old 01-08-2004, 11:25 AM   #4
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Re: Just how long does a case of contact dermatitis last???

It can be persistant and last for months. The cortizones are not always effective and are not intended for long term use as they tend to break down the skin & worsen the rash before it gets better. If hydracortizones fail there are creames of a higher grade & next scale that may be needed such as a fluocinonide creame, as example.

Apply corn starch liberally as needed. Ingredients in medicated powders are soothing. Use skin cleansers with emolients & avoid soaps as they tend to dry the skin. Oatmeal products as needed.
With impending urgency to scratch, apply & maintain direct pressure to the area until the sensation passes or reduces to the extent you will not scratch. Scratching continues the rash process. Avoid doing so at all cost. Ready to use formulated Borough solution (a soak to apply) are available over the counter at the pharmacy and are simple. You can make this solution at home. You could run a search on how to make it at home inexpensively. Perhaps a search on tinctures could help you as well. Some sound tricky but it's valuable information and could prove to be helpful if not now in the future.

Witch Hazel is one of the most universal gentle astringents readily available & is used to draw out unwanted material from rash or a sting etc. Thats a good thing to have in your medicine cabinet. When rash is weeping it needs to be cleansed and heal. The skins best defense is when it is kept moist and clean. It is very important to keep skin (healthy or rashed) hydrated. Wash and eliminate moisture due to perspiration. Maintain moist and supple skin via a good moisturizer. It prevents skin from cracking and reduces the risk of an open invitation for an oportunistic infection. Supple skin has elasticity which also prevents the skin from becoming easily abraded as apposed to dry, brittle skin.

Rule of thumb-Wash and dry perspiration asap (body waste and cooling system). That may translate to frequent garment changes (cotton is best because it breathes). Wash sneakers as needed. After physical sport/activity shower asap, dry then moisturize. Footwear should be dry and have proper ventilation. Do what you have to, when you have to, to get comfortable and stay healthy.

Good Luck, Gemi

 
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