What is Irritant Contact Dermatitis (ICD)?
This non-specific inflammatory condition develops after skin is exposed to substances that are physically, chemically or mechanically traumatizing. Symptoms are usually confined to the area of contact, recur with additional irritant exposure and may be difficult to distinguish from allergic contact dermatitis.
Irritant contact dermatitis occurs in response to irritating substances such as household cleaners, harsh soaps and industrial solvents. Your skin can react to these substances within minutes or hours, and stops reacting soon after they are gone.
To specifically identify which substance or substances a patient may be allergic to, Dr. Claiborne uses the T.R.U.E. Test. This adhesive epicutaneous panel is the only FDA-approved test to diagnose allergic contact dermatitis in patients 18 years of age and older whose clinical history suggests skin allergy and sensitivity to different 35 allergens. When it is appropriate, this test is almost always covered by insurance. This test is different than the prick tests for allergy performed by allergists – those test for an immediate hypersensitivity, often associated with difficulty breathing and throat swelling.
Once an allergen is identified, Dr. Claiborne will discuss treatment and options for alternatives to avoid the causative agent(s).