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Some recent cases have appeared in Connecticut of children getting contact dermatitis from using baby wipes with a preservative called methylisothiazolinone (MI). Many of the ingredients used in household cleaning products can cause contact dermatitis if precautions aren’t followed or if you have an allergy.
Contact dermatitis simply refers to an irritation of the skin that results in a rash caused by something that has come in contact with it. The rash can be categorized as either irritant or allergic. An irritant can be anything that causes an inflammatory reaction in your skin and this may be different between individuals. With allergic contact dermatitis, the body’s immune system will overreact to a foreign substance, which could be something that touches your skin or something you consume in food or medicine. The first time you are exposed to something that you are allergic to there will not be a rash, but instead your skin will become sensitized for the next time you are exposed. The rashes caused by both irritant and allergic contact dermatitis are not contagious and, although it can be very uncomfortable, it is usually not dangerous.