Occurrence of Contact Eczema

One may handle a material (e.g. rubber gloves, jewelry, cement) for many years with no problems and then suddenly break out in a rash. The rash is not necessarily localized, but may be widespread. If the rash improves, when one is away from home than one can suspect the cause is something in the home. If the rash improves when one is away from the place of regular employment, then the cause may be the material handled at work.

Irritant contact eczema is similar to allergic contact eczema and is caused by frequent contact with everyday substances such as detergents in toiletries or cleaning products.

Some of the main differences between an irritant and allergic contact eczema are: