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More about dermatitis claims
Anyone involved in any sort of work using detergents and solvents is at risk from irritant contact dermatitis, as are those working regularly with oils and greases. Allergic contact dermatitis is most commonly found in people who work with some hair dyes, wet cement, printing inks and adhesives as well as certain foodstuffs (e.g. shellfish or flour).
Those irritants need not be inherently toxic. Some plants or abrasive materials, as well as repeated and prolonged contact with plain water (e.g. having wet hands for more than two hours per shift) can cause irritant dermatitis.
Avoiding the irritants or allergens that cause contact dermatitis usually clears up the condition. However, this isn't always possible, especially if contact with the substances forms part of your work. Treatment involving emollients and corticosteroid medicines for symptoms such as redness, inflammation, dryness, itching or a burning sensation may be required.
Most people with contact dermatitis can expect their symptoms to improve after treatment, but some may experience complications such as infection which could affect your ability to work and your quality of life on a long term basis.
If you are affected by occupational dermatitis, you could make a dermatitis claim. If successful, this would at least provide you with compensation to pay for treatments and therapies you need to manage the condition and better protect your skin and hands in future.