Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is one of the most common problems seen by the dermatologist. Poison ivy is the most common cause of allergic contact dermatitis in the United States. Contact dermatitis can be caused by irritation or from an allergy to something in the environment. Hand dermatitis is a common presentation for contact dermatitis. Most cases are caused by irritation from excessive exposure to water and chemicals. Other patients are allergic to substances in the environment.

Hand dermatitis can be a frustrating problem to manage. The disease can be difficult to control and may recur often. Hand dermatitis can affect every aspect of a person’s life.

Poison ivy

Poison ivy is an allergic contact dermatitis to a resin on the plant. This picture shows the typical small blisters and linear lesions.


Hand dermatitis caused by an allergy to an industrial chemical. The same pattern of eczema could occur from irritation due to frequent exposure to soap and water.