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New Orleans, LA area dermatologist offers patch testing for contact dermatitis

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Contact dermatitis is a type of eczema, or rash, that occurs in patients who have an allergic reaction to something that has touched their skin. Contact dermatitis can be made worse by touching or wearing anything with the allergen or irritant in it. This condition can be caused by a number of irritants including:
  • Shampoos
  • Soaps
  • Hair dyes
  • Pesticides
  • Rubber gloves
  • Metals
  • Poison ivy or poison oak
  • Latex
  • Topical antibiotics
  • Adhesives
  • Fragrances
  • Fabrics
Contact dermatitis can be easily avoided by reducing exposure to the allergen or irritant that caused the condition to flare up. However, some patients may have difficulty determining their triggers. This is a great time to visit a New Orleans area dermatologist to undergo patch testing for contact dermatitis.

This reoccurring rash can be problematic for patients and many want to determine their triggers to keep the condition from becoming worse. Patch testing is a diagnostic tool used for patients with contact dermatitis to find the reason for contact dermatitis flare-ups. Different chemicals, called allergens, are placed on multiple areas of skin. The patient returns a few times in the same week to see if a rash develops. A few days may be needed to find out if the skin reacts with a rash. Patch testing is safe and effective at helping dermatologists and patients make an educated decision on the chemicals and substances that result in itching and discomfort for an individual. There may be false-negatives and false-positives, but the accuracy of patch testing is relatively high for most men, women, and children.

If you live in the Southern Louisiana or Gulf Coast communities and are seeking a New Orleans area dermatologist who provides comprehensive medical and cosmetic skin care solutions, contact the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology today to book a consultation appointment. The Lupo Center is accepting new patients, as well as those who have been visiting for many years!


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Our mission at the Lupo Center is to provide patients with innovative, effective and ethical care to make each person look and feel their personal best. To fulfill our goal, we provide state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients.

Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, adjunct professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.

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