Contact Dermatitis and Occupational Dermatology Program
The Contact Dermatitis and Occupational Dermatology Program uses a type of non- invasive testing called patch testing in order to identify chemicals (allergens) to which people are allergic. These allergens may be present in patients’ soaps, shampoos, lotions, foods and medications. Many patients are cured from their chronic rashes once contact allergens are identified and avoided. A wide array of allergens is available for testing and will be selected based on each patient’s unique history and physical exam. After patch testing, patients will be given lists of suitable products they may use. If no allergens are found, treatment with topical or oral medications and other therapies can be initiated to help stop symptoms.