Skin nontumor
Spongiotic dermatoses
Irritant contact dermatitis

Author: Mowafak Hamodat, M.D., MB.CH.B, MSc., FRCPC (see Authors page)

Revised: 26 May 2017, last major update July 2011

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PubMed Search: Irritant contact dermatitis [title]

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Definition / general
  • Due to contact with an irritant (soaps and detergents); unlike allergic contact dermatitis, prior sensitization is not required
Clinical images

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Irritant contact dermatitis

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Similar to allergic contact dermatitis, but no/rare eosinophils
  • May have superficial epidermal necrosis associated with intraepithelial neutrophils and scale crust
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Courtesy of Mark R. Wick, M.D.

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