10 Common Causes of Contact Dermatitis

eczema dermatitis on hands and feetContact dermatitis is a common skin condition characterized by red, itchy, and inflamed skin caused by direct contact with an allergen. Anyone can develop contact dermatitis, but those with particularly sensitive skin may be more susceptible. It’s essential to recognize the triggers and causes of contact dermatitis to treat it effectively.

At Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists, our expert dermatologists can help identify the type of dermatitis or rash you’re dealing with and recommend the right treatments.

10 Common Causes of Contact Dermatitis


Often found in jewelry, buckles, and certain mobile devices, nickel can cause an allergic reaction leading to contact dermatitis for some people.


Many perfumes, lotions, and personal care products contain fragrances that irritate the skin and cause dermatitis.

Laundry Detergents

Certain detergents contain harsh chemicals that can lead to skin irritation, particularly in individuals with eczema.

Poison Ivy/Oak

Coming into contact with plants like poison ivy or poison oak can cause a severe allergic reaction, resulting in contact dermatitis.


Items like gloves and balloons made of latex can cause allergic reactions in some people. In some cases, an allergic reaction to latex can be life threatening, so it’s important to seek treatment right away if you suspect you’ve been in contact with latex and are having an allergic reaction.

Household Cleaners

Harsh cleaning agents found in household products can irritate the skin, causing contact dermatitis in susceptible individuals. They may also irritate the mucus membranes in the through or nasal cavity, so it’s important to use these cleaners carefully and in well ventilated areas. Wearing rubber gloves, a mask, and/or eye protection is also recommended.


Some cosmetics, especially those with artificial dyes and preservatives, can trigger skin reactions. Make sure to try to avoid these products if you think they could be causing problems.

Certain Medications

Topical medications, particularly those containing antibiotics like neomycin, can cause allergic reactions. Be sure to check the ingredients before using any over-the-counter topical medications for known allergens.


Some sunscreens contain chemicals that can lead to allergic reactions or irritations, particularly in individuals with sensitive skin or underlying skin conditions like eczema. Be sure to check your sunscreen formula for irritants to avoid uncomfortable reactions.

Occupational Hazards

People in some professions, like healthcare, hairdressing, or construction, are prone to exposure to many different substances. Some of them may lead to contact dermatitis after prolonged contact.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you’re struggling with persistent or recurring contact dermatitis, it may be time to consult with a dermatologist. In some cases, other skin conditions like eczema or rosacea may be mistaken for contact dermatitis. Your skin health professional can help identify the difference and get you on the track to recovery.

The team at Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists, with five office locations in South Florida, is committed to tailored treatment plans for eczema and contact dermatitis. To learn more about managing contact dermatitis, call 954-961-1200 to request an appointment.

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