- Allergic contact dermatitis
- A red, itchy, weepy reaction where the skin has come into contact with a substance that the immune system recognizes as foreign, such as poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac or certain preservatives in creams and lotions. This type of reaction reflects a specific sensitivity or allergy to a specific substance. Also called allergic contact eczema.
* * *contact dermatitis due to allergic sensitization to a substance, with an inflammatory reaction in the skin; this occurs primarily in persons who have acquired hypersensitivity to the allergen as a result of previous exposure to it. Called also allergic d. and contact d. Cf. irritant d.
Allergic contact dermatitis due to nickel allergy.
Medical dictionary. 2011.
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