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.


If you have back pain, leg pain, and changes in bowel and bladder habits, you should seek an immediate medical evaluation by your physician.