Diagnosis, management and prevention of occupational contact dermatitis

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Contact dermatitis is an inflammatory disorder of the skin, caused by an irritant or an allergy, and accounts for 70–90% of all occupational skin disease. Occupational contact dermatitis often has significant adverse effects on quality of life, including a potentially serious threat to employment.

This concise guideline covers investigation and diagnosis, clinical management, and management of the occupational aspects, including exposure control, adjustments at work and prevention. It includes specific recommendations for managing patients working in healthcare. It is aimed at physicians in primary and secondary care, and draws attention to the importance of addressing workplace issues, with and without occupational health input.

This guideline was also published in Clinical Medicine, volume 10 issue 5.