Occupational Skin Infections

  • Burkhard Kreft
  • Cord SunderkötterEmail author
Reference work entry


“Occupational skin infections” are rarely life-threatening, but they can be capacitating, lead to sick certificates, and cause considerable costs. Occupational skin infections are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. One needs to distinguish primary skin infections from skin infections secondary to pre-existing occupational dermatoses or pre-damaged skin and colonization of skin or mucous membranes with multiresistant or potentially hazardous infectious agents in context of occupational activity. When an occupational skin infection is suspected, a detailed history needs to be taken, including information of the workplace and its conditions. This is important to understand the causal relation between the occupational situation and the infection.


Skin infection Profession Health care worker Bacteria Virus Mycoses Parasitic infection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universitätsklinik und Poliklinik für Dermatologie und VenerologieUniversitätsklinikum Halle (Saale)Halle (Saale)Germany

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