Photo of irritant contact dermatitis likely due to soap residue trapped tightly against the skin
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Common signs and symptoms of irritant contact dermatitis include:

  • Red rash or bumps, usually limited to the exposed area
  • Burning, stinging or itching, which may be severe
  • Dry, red patches, which may resemble a burn

Irritant contact dermatitis develops when your skin comes into contact with an irritating substance. Some people react to strong irritants after just one exposure. Others may develop a skin reaction after repeated contact with even mild irritants. Common irritants include solvents, bleach, soap and cosmetics.

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