Skin nontumor
Spongiotic, psoriasiform and pustular reaction patterns
Irritant contact dermatitis


Topic Completed: 1 July 2011

Revised: 18 March 2020

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PubMed Search: Irritant contact dermatitis [title]

Mowafak Hamodat, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc.
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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

Contributed by Mark R. Wick, M.D.


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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

Contributed by Mark R. Wick, M.D.
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