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Skin Rash (Contact Dermatitis) Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Have you started using any new personal or household products, such as shampoos, lotions, wipes or detergents?
  • Do you use products at work that come in contact with your skin?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Have you tried over-the-counter medicines? How well did they work?
  • What other medications do you take, including prescriptions and supplement?
  • Do you have any symptoms other than a rash?
  • Is the rash in one area or all over your body?
  • When did the rash begin?
  • Has the rash been constant or does it come and go?
  • What seems to make your rash better or worse?
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • Are you having any side effects from your rash medicine?
  • What treatments have you tried so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is the most likely cause of my skin rash?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose the cause of a skin rash?
  • Will the rash go away on its own?
  • What should I do if my symptoms do not improve or get worse?
  • What kind of contact dermatitis do I have—irritant or allergic?
  • What is the best treatment for my kind of contact dermatitis?
  • What strategies can I use to soothe my skin?
  • How should I care for my skin? Are there products I should use or avoid?
  • How can I prevent contact dermatitis?
  • Could another medication do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my skin rash?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my skin rash?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
  1. Contact Dermatitis. American Academy of Dermatology.
  2. Contact Dermatitis. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
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