When your skin is directly exposed to an irritant such as diesel fuel, it can develop an uncomfortable case of contact dermatitis. Symptoms of contact dermatitis include itching, redness, swelling and rash. Contact dermatitis may also cause oozing and crusting lesions or ulcerations to develop on the skin. Open lesions are susceptible to bacterial infection if not properly treated.
Things You'll Need
- Corticosteroid cream
- Antibiotic ointment
- Sterile bandage
Wash the areas of skin that have been exposed to diesel fuel thoroughly with mild soap and warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel.
Apply an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream or ointment, such as Cortizone-10 or Aveeno Hydrocortisone cream, to irritated skin to reduce itching and inflammation.
Keep any sores or lesions that develop clean and covered at all times. If infection is suspected, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and cover with a sterile bandage. Proper home treatment can help to reduce your chances of developing a more serious bacterial infection.
Avoid direct contact with diesel fuel in the future, especially during the two to three weeks after developing dermatitis. Repeated exposure to skin irritants before contact dermatitis has healed can worsen the condition.
Tips & Warnings
- If contact dermatitis worsens, becomes hot to the touch or you develop symptoms such as fever, malaise or nausea, consult your doctor. You should not attempt to treat serious skin infections at home; prescription antibiotic pills and/or ointments may be needed.
- Photo Credit diesel image by Martina Berg from Fotolia.com
What Are the Dangers of Jet Fuel Exposure?
Working daily with jet fuel puts people at greater risk of suffering chemical and physical burns. Jet fuel also gives off many...
What Is in Fuel Injector Cleaner?
The fuel injector squirts fuel into the airstream of an internal combustion engine. Over time, fuel residue accumulates in the injector and...
How to Clean Up a Diesel Fuel Spill
Spread oil absorbent products over the spill. If you are using a granulated absorbent, you may build a berm around the spill...
How to Treat Skin Rashes
Developing a skin rash is never a welcome thing. The itchy, painful area on your skin can affect how you feel overall...
How to Remove the Diesel Fuel Smell From Clothes
Diesel and its vapors can cause a long list of health problems. Headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, skin irritation and lung damage...
How to Get Diesel Fuel Off Skin
Diesel oil is a thick mineral oil that is the primary fuel used to power diesel engines in various vehicles and machines....
The Hazards of Diesel Fuel
Working with fuels and other hazardous materials can only be done safely when you have an understanding of the properties and dangers...
What Are the Dangers of Inhaling Diesel Fuel Fumes?
Diesel engines are common in commercial trucks, passenger cars, boats and trains. Diesel fuel and exhaust fumes can be dangerous to heath...