Nonpharmacologic Therapy

In many cases, contact dermatitis may not require medical treatment at all. Nondrug therapy for contact dermatitis is aimed at relieving pruritus and maintaining skin hy-28 26 28 dration. • Effective agents used for this include the following: '

• Colloidal oatmeal baths

• Cool or tepid soapless showers

• Cool, moist compresses applied to the area for 30 minutes three times a day

• Emollients or lubricants applied to the area after bathing (mineral oil, petrolatum)

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