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What is ACD?


How is ACD Diagnosed?

Your dermatologist may be able to assist in helping you identify acute contact dermatitis by speaking with you about signs and symptoms. The doctor can ask specific questions in order to help you retrace your behavior, eating habits, and other actions that may be causing the condition. Further, the dermatologist can examine your skin to look for patterns and intensity in the reaction. Sometimes a patch test is recommended. 


What is patch testing?

Patch testing is recommended to allow the dermatologist to detect delayed hypersensitivity allergy. 


How is ACD treated?

Acute contact dermatitis is traditionally treated by a combination of the following ways.
1) Avoid the substance that is causing the irritation
2) Using prescription steroid creams. Your dermatologist will be able to recommend one best suited for your needs.
3) Using creams and ointments to assist in repairing the skin. 
4) Using oral medication.  Your dermatologist may recommend an oral prescription including corticosteriods, antihistamines, and/or antibiotics

Seek medical attention if you believe you are experiencing contact dermatitis.  Please follow the link on the left to find a dermatologist near you. 

However, your dermatologist will be able to provide the best course of treatment specific to your illness. 

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