Airborne contact dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis to aerosol substances can produce an eruption on exposed skin that resembles a photodermatitis.
Involvement of typically sun-spared areas such as upper eyelids or submental areas suggests airborne contact dermatitis. Typically, relatively sheltered areas are spared.
A careful history is necessary to delineate it from other causes of eruptions of exposed skin.
Patch testing to contact allergens is indicated.
- Removal of the offending allergen, followed by topical mid-strength topical steroids is quite effective.
- Chronic allergic contact dermatitis of the face can lead to thickening of the skin, requiring more potent topical steroids.
- Close follow-up is necessary when potent topical steroids are used or atrophy may occur.
Back to Skin Care Glossary - C Index |
Back to Skin Care Glossary Index