Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis

Symptoms of contact dermatitis can appear within minutes or as much as 48 hours after contact with an irritant or exposure to an allergen. Symptoms include:

  • Red, inflamed rash
  • Blistering
  • Oozing and crusting over of the rash
  • Itching, sometimes severe
  • Tenderness or burning
  • Cracked, scaly skin
  • Temporary thickening or swelling of the skin

Symptoms of a complication include:

  • White or yellowish discharge from the rash
  • Fever
  • Rash doesn’t heal within three to four weeks
  • Nasal congestion, difficulty breathing or other signs of allergic reaction

Always seek emergency medical care* if you are having difficulty breathing or suspect an infection.