Allergic Contact Dermatitis: Poison Ivy

Rhonda Goodman, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC; Deborah Hollimon, MS, ARNP, FNP-BC

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Dermatology Nursing 

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Contact dermatitis is an irritation of the skin secondary to contact with an irritant or an allergen. Irritants are the cause for approximately 80% of contact dermatitis episodes and the causative factors may include frequent hand washing and working with chemicals. Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), while less common, is a form of cell-mediated immunity and is one of the leading causes of industry-related disabilities.

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