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Occupational Dermatosis

  • Dorothy Linn HolnessEmail author
Allergic Skin Diseases (L Fonacier and A Wollenberg Section Editors)
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Abstract

Purpose of Review

The purpose of this review is to provide an update on occupational contact dermatitis including gaps in knowledge and practice. Occupational contact dermatitis is the most common occupational skin disease.

Recent Findings

New sources of exposure for known allergens and new allergens are continually being reported. Through clinical databases and surveillance systems, effects of prevention efforts or introduction of new allergens or new uses of known allergens can be monitored. Though the diagnostic process is clear, there are delays in workers seeking care. As early detection and intervention improves outcomes, screening should be implemented. Gaps in primary prevention in the workplace are identified and should be addressed to reduce the burden of disease.

Summary

Surveillance systems support the prevention mandate. Understanding limitations of our knowledge and identifying gaps in practice can lead to initiatives to address research and practice needs and improve prevention of occupational dermatoses.

Keywords

Occupational contact dermatitis Irritant contact dermatitis Allergic contact dermatitis Patch testing Outcomes Prevention 

Notes

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Conflict of Interest

The author declares no conflicts of interest relevant to this manuscript.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, has been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and has been approved by an appropriate ethics committee.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of MedicineUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Division of Occupational Medicine, Department of MedicineSt Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada
  3. 3.MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St Michael’s HospitalLi Ka Shing Knowledge InstituteTorontoCanada

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