Eczema, or contact dermatitis, is dry itchy skin and possible rash and can include topical dermatitis. It is often triggered by an irritant like soap, food, or pet dander. It may be helpful to avoid harsh laundry detergents and soaps that contain dyes, fragrances, and strong chemicals. Run clothes thru the rinse cycle an extra time. Also, keep an oil on the affected area like avocado, sweet almond, or jojoba. Hives are raised bumps that can occur on skin that has been exposed to an allergen; keep the skin cool by taking a cold shower, apply oatmeal, calamine lotion, or a paste of baking soda and water to the area to reduce the histamine release.
Compiled by: Kathy Sadowski
Last Updated: 12/31/18