Irritant Dermatitis (or Irritant Contact Dermatitis) is a form of eczema most commonly found on the backs of the hands, wrists and between the backs of the fingers. It caused by disruption of the top layer of the skin called the epidermis. When the epidermis is washed excessively or exposed to irritating chemicals or environments, the lipids or fats that are normally present are stripped away, and the skin is broken down leaving it dry, cracked, itchy and scaly. As this condition worsens, the skin may also become red, painful, oozy and infected. Irritant Dermatitis can be associated with Allergic Contact Dermatitis at the same time.
Irritant Dermatitis Treatment
- After washing the affected areas, apply a thick layer of TrueLipids® Relieve and Protect Ointment 2-4 times a day.
- Also add a thick layer of TrueLipids® Eczema Experts™ 1% Hydrocortisone Barrier Cream 2-4 times/day. As the eczema improves, stop using the hydrocortisone and continue use of the TrueLipids® ointment.
- Stop the irritant – whether it’s washing too much, friction and rubbing, chemical exposure or excessive use of soap, this irritant must be eliminated for the affected area to heal.
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