Skin-nontumor / Clinical dermatology
Other dermatoses
Irritant contact dermatitis

Author: Mowafak Hamodat, M.D., MB.CH.B, MSc., FRCPC (see Authors page)

Revised: 1 July 2016, last major update July 2011

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PubMed Search: Irritant contact dermatitis [title]

Definition / General
  • Due to contact with an irritant (soaps and detergents); unlike allergic contact dermatitis, prior sensitization is not required
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Irritant contact dermatitis

Micro Description
  • Similar to allergic contact dermatitis, but no/rare eosinophils
  • May have superficial epidermal necrosis associated with intraepithelial neutrophils and scale crust
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