Metal workers are exposed to numerous exogenous factors that play a substantial role in the development of allergic as well as irritant contact dermatitis (ICD). Even though nickel is regarded as the most frequent source of all reported metal allergies , metal-work fluids (MWFs) are the most important cause of irritant hand dermatitis. Other factors such as metal dust, friction, pressure, heat and humidity also contribute to the irritation of the skin . However, the metal industry is a wide field, and exposure may vary widely depending on the kind of job and the type of metal industry.
KeywordsContact Dermatitis Metal Industry Hand Eczema Irritant Contact Dermatitis Metal Worker
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