Contact dermatitis is a common dermatologic disorder manifesting as an eczematous skin eruption following exposure to a noxious agent. It is the second most common occupational illness and therefore affects a wide range of patients. Its development may be influenced by a myriad of variables, including age, gender, preexisting skin conditions, skin sensitivity, occupation, as well as the ethnicity and race of the patient. Although contact dermatitis affects patients irrespective of skin color, the clinical presentation and irritant response as well as exposure patterns to allergens and irritants may differ significantly between racial groups. The gold standard in diagnosing contact dermatitis is patch testing, which can be performed safely in all skin types. Familiarity with ethnic/race-specific presentation and exposure patterns to allergens and irritants may be beneficial in elucidating the etiology of contact dermatitis.
KeywordsContact Dermatitis Black Patient Allergic Contact Dermatitis Hispanic Patient Nickel Sulfate
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