Contact dermatitis is a common condition seen in primary care. It makes up 10–20% of dermatologic conditions. It can affect all professions, although some professionals are at higher risk. The condition develops secondary to an irritant or allergens. Irritants make up a larger portion of these two causes. Diagnosis is often clinical although some patients may require further testing to identify the offending agent. Treatment is usually topical steroids, and prevention by avoidance is a mainstay to prevent exacerbations.
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