Contact Dermatitis (skin allergy) is the medical term for skin irritations resulting from contact with a foreign substance that you are allergic or sensitive to. Contact dermatitis usually takes several days to resolve and only when you are no longer in contact with the irritant. Poison ivy is the most common example of contact dermatitis.
Common symptoms are: itching of the skin, skin redness or inflammation, tenderness, localized swelling, warmth or rash at the site of exposure. You should try to find out what caused the reaction, so you will know to avoid it in the future. Sometimes taking a bath in warm water with oatmeal will help soothe most of the symptoms.
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