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A Gentle Touch for Contact Dermatitis

Smiling Young Woman Have you ever removed a piece of jewelry, only to find your skin underneath red and inflamed? Or tried a new skin care product or laundry detergent and developed an itchy rash? You may have experienced contact dermatitis. Dr. Amanda Lloyd at Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas, applies her dermatologic knowledge and recommends soothing treatments to resolve these unpleasant symptoms.

Recognizing Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin touches something that it is allergic to or which irritates it. Symptoms can vary a great deal, depending on how sensitive your skin is, and what is causing your reaction. Typical indications include:

  • Redness
  • Flaking or scales
  • Dryness, sometimes to the point of cracking skin
  • Dry or oozing blisters
  • Hives
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Extreme itching
  • Skin that looks leathery or dark
  • Swelling (if the condition occurs on the face)

Because these symptoms are common to many other skin conditions and underlying medical situations, it is important to get accurate diagnosis from a qualified Board-Certified dermatologist. Dr. Amanda Lloyd will work with you to determine the likely cause and to quickly relieve your symptoms.

Common irritants include nickel in jewelry, latex, perfumes and other chemicals in cosmetics and detergents, and plant sources. However, the list is potentially endless.

The Importance of Gentle Skin Care

For individuals with sensitive skin, even frequent hand washing with mild soap and tepid water can trigger contact dermatitis. During periods of inflammation, it is imperative to be extra kind to the skin. Scratching makes irritation worse, and can lead to secondary infection or scarring.

Once she has established a clear understanding of your condition, Dr. Amanda Lloyd prescribes topical and oral medications to reduce allergic response and itching. She recommends lifestyle adjustments to avoid flare-ups, and calming daily skin care products.

For professional care that keeps your skin comfortable and radiant, call Skin & Vein Institute at (760) 642-6674.

Meet Dr. Amanda Lloyd


She can help you look and feel even more amazing in your skin because she is well trained in all aspects of dermatology including laser and cosmetics, skin cancer management including Mohs surgery and cosmetic reconstruction, medical dermatology and venous disease.

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