You should avoid the items or substances that cause your contact dermatitis. Wear long sleeved shirts, gloves, and pants when you are in weeded areas. Wash exposed clothes, towels, bath linens, and pets in the special soaps that remove poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac oils. Follow the safety instructions on the labels of harmful chemicals. Wash your skin immediately with soap and cool water if an allergen or harmful substance contacts your skin.
Am I at Risk
• You are in direct contact with allergens.
• You are in direct contact with harmful chemicals or substances.
• You have another skin condition, such as eczema.
• You have had contact dermatitis rashes in the past.
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