Originally Posted by singer1
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.