Dr. Matt Zirwas, MD, FAAD

Physician Dermatology

Bexley, Ohio View map

Dr. Matt Zirwas, MD, FAAD

Medical Expertise

Dr. Matthew Zirwas is a nationally recognized expert in eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis, treating both adults and children.

Dr. Zirwas has particular expertise in the treatment and and management of allergic contact dermatitis and is a member of the esteemed American Contact Dermatitis Society.

Tips & Wisdom

Dr. Zirwas explains how Patch Testing is used to determine which agent is triggering the itchy rash of contact dermatitis.

Common triggers, also called "allergens", include metal (nickel) and chemicals used as preservatives, glue, dye, cleansers.

Many household products and clothing may contain these allergens. Learn More

Testing has shown that you have allergic contact dermatitis.  This means that you are particularly sensitive to even an extremely small amount of certain substances.

You are so sensitive to these substances that if your skin comes in contact just one time with any of them, you may develop a rash. Itching, pinkness, small bumps, or blisters may appear within 4 hours, but usually starts 1 to 3 days after exposure to the substance.

You are so sensitive to these substances that if your skin comes into contact even once with one of them, you may  get  a  rash. The skin reaction lasts from 2 to 8 weeks, even if you don’t come into contact with the agent again.

If you have had many exposures over time, it may take 3 to 6 months for your skin to get completely better after you start avoiding the substances. If you come in contact with one of the substances again during that time, that can cause a significant set-back in your recovery.

You were not sensitive to these substances for most of your life. Allergy develops from repeated exposure. You were exposed enough times to these substances that you became sensitive to them.

You must remember that just because you weren’t sensitive to something in the past doesn’t mean that you are not sensitive to it now.

Your body has changed and is sensitive now to things that didn’t cause you  trouble before. You will be allergic to them for the rest of your life.

You will always need to avoid them. It is very important to learn how you can avoid the substances that cause your allergic reaction.

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Professional Affiliations

About Me

Matt Zirwas, MD is a board-certified dermatologists providing medical dermatology care to patients in he Columbus Ohio area at Bexley Dermatology.

Formerly a Professor of Dermatology at Ohio State University, Dr. Matthew Zirwas founded Bexley Dermatology in Bexley, Ohio with his wife Dr. Jill Fichtel. Dr. Zirwas and Dr. Fichtel offer comprehensive skin care care at Bexley Dermatology for patients of all ages.

Dr. Zirwas previously served in several academic postions in the field of dermatology, including
  • Clinical Professor, Ohio State University – Department of Dermatology
  • Director, Ohio Contact Dermatitis Center
  • Dermatology Residency Training Program Director, Ohio State University Medical School, 2006 - 2015


Education & Training

  • Undergraduate Degree (BS) – University of Pittsburgh 1992-1996
  • Medical Degree (MD) – University of Pittsburgh – 1996-2000
  • Dermatology Residency: University of Pittsburgh – 2001-2004


"I love the pure intellectual challenge of having to know enough about dermatology to be able to care for the patients with the most interesting, challenging diseases in all of medicine.

Bexley Dermatology

Located throughout the Midwest, Dermatologists of Central States (DOCS) is one of the largest and most established dermatology practices in the nation. With more than 70 total providers, we have been serving patients for over 40 years. At DOCS, we strive to put the patient first with an emphasis on medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. We are dedicated to providing easy access to high quality dermatologic care in an environment that is consistently friendly, convenient, courteous and caring.

Primary Location

Main Office
2359 E. Main St.,
Bexley, Ohio, 43209


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