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Dermatitis (Non-Specific)

Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. The exact cause of your rash is not certain. However, this rash does not appear to be an infection or contagious illness. Taking care of the rash at home should help relieve your symptoms.

Home Care:

  • Keep the areas of rash clean by washing it daily. This also helps to keep the skin moist.

  • Use a neutral pH soap such as Dove or Lever 2000.

  • Apply a moisturizing lotion after bathing to prevent dry skin.

  • Avoid skin irritants (wool or silk clothing, grease, oils, some medicines, harsh soaps, and detergents). Wear absorbent, soft fabrics next to the skin rather than rough or scratchy materials.

  • Unless another medicine was prescribed, you may use Hydrocortisone cream (which you can get without a prescription) to reduce the inflammation.

Follow Up:

Make an appointment with your doctor in the next 1 to 2 weeks if your symptoms do not improve with the above measures.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • Increasing area of redness or pain in the skin

  • Yellow crusts or drainage from the rash

  • Joint pain

  • New rash that appears in other areas of the body

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

 

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