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Integrative Management of Contact Dermatitis 

Integrative Management of Contact Dermatitis
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Integrative Management of Contact Dermatitis
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Philip Shenefelt

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199907922.003.0016
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date: 28 May 2020

Contact dermatitis results from direct skin contact with an exogenous irritant or allergen. The phase of the dermatitis may be acute, subacute, or chronic. Acute dermatitis consists of usually well-demarcated patches of erythema with or without vesicles. Subacute dermatitis presents with patches of mild erythema with scaling. Chronic dermatitis manifests as dry, often lichenified (thickened) patches or plaques with or without excoriations. Avoidance is the key to improvement of allergic contact dermatitis.

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