Cool compresses

Intense swelling, blistering, and itching of the skin as a result of allergic contact dermatitis can be relieved by applying cool compresses.  Have a towel or wash cloth soaked in cool plain tap water, Epson salt water, or Burrow’s solution.  If done several times a day, this will alleviate the itching and remove dry crusts in the area.  To speed up the soothing effect, have a fan blowing over the cool compress to release the heat caused by the itching and dry up ooze from the rash by compressing the blood vessels.  Other similar recommendations include rubbing ice gently over the rash and soaking in a lukewarm oatmeal bath.

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