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Prevention of Occupational Contact Dermatitis

The severe impact of the disease on quality of life, the high costs of retraining and the poor employment prospects once workers lose their job highlight the need for effective primary and secondary preventive measures in occupational contact dermatitis. Fig. 4, 5. Examples of occupational hand dermatitis. 4 Irritant and secondarily allergic contact eczema due to cutting oils identified allergen monoethanolamine. 5 Eczema of the fingertips due to atopy and irritation. Fig. 4, 5. Examples of occupational hand dermatitis. 4 Irritant and secondarily allergic contact eczema due to cutting oils identified allergen monoethanolamine. 5 Eczema of the fingertips due to atopy and irritation.

Physical Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Physical irritant contact dermatitis (PICD) is a common occupational dermatosis with multiple types and many mechanisms involved in its development 1 . The diagnosis is primarily based on a history of exposure to a known irritant and negative patch test results to exclude contact allergy.

Eczematous Eruptions of the Nail Unit

The nail becomes involved when dermatitis affects the nail matrix. A multiplicity of nail changes including pitting, roughness, grooving, ridging, onycholysis, onychomadesis, and koilonychia may occur with any dermatitis (eczema) that involves the nail unit. When the dermatitis heals, the nail heals also, but the mark of the dermatitis on the nail takes much longer to resolve.

Dermatitis herpetiformis

Dermatitis herpetiformis is a rare, chronic, markedly pruritic, papular, vesicular, and bullous skin disease of unknown etiology. It is probably an autoimmune disease and activated via the alternate complement pathway. The patient describes the itching of a new blister as a burning itch that disappears when the blister top is scratched off. The severe scratching results in the formation of excoriations and papular hives, which may be the only visible pathology of the disease. Individual lesions heal, leaving an area of hyperpigmentation that is very characteristic. The typical distribution of the blisters or excoriations is on the scalp, sacral area, scapular area, forearms, elbows, and thighs. In severe cases, the resulting bullae may be indistinguishable from pemphigus or bullous pemphigoid. The duration of dermatitis herpetiformis varies from months to as long as 40 years, with periods of remission scattered in between. The illness is associated with nontropical sprue. Herpes...

Risk Factors of Occupational Contact Dermatitis

The development of occupational contact dermatitis depends on a combination of endogenous (individual susceptibility) and exogenous factors (exposure). Except for an exposure to strong sensitizing substances, occupational contact dermatitis usually develops in steps, frequently starting with atopic hand dermatitis, followed by irritant dermatitis leading to sensitization and eventually allergic contact dermatitis (multistep eczema). Therefore, susceptibility to irritant dermatitis is of high importance in the natural history of occupational contact dermatitis. The skin of different individuals differs in susceptibility to irritation in a remarkable manner, and a number of individual factors influencing the development of irritant dermatitis that have been identified include age, genetic background, anatomical region exposed and preexisting skin disease. Although experimental studies did not support any sex difference of irritant reactivity, females turned out to be at risk in some...


Atopic eczema is a chronic, relapsing pruritic dermatitis that usually occurs in adults and is localized to the flexural surfaces of the face, neck, cubital or popliteal fossa, and hands. The dermatitis usually occurs in patients with a personal or family history of atopy or hay fever asthma urticaria lesions may present as papular, scaly, or chronic lichenified plaques. The cause is unknown but is believed to be IgE mediated. fill Some researchers support food allergies and proteinaceous aeroallergens as possible causes. Patients with atopic dermatitis are likely to acquire both bacterial and viral infections. Treatment is directed at skin hydration, corticosteroid administration, and antibiotics if secondary infections are present. Unfortunately,

Eczematous Lesions

Atopic dermatitis (Fig.SS- ) a hereditary disorder usually beginning around 1 to 4 months of age. In infants the involvement is usually of the face, scalp, trunk, and extremities. Toddlers have involvemennt of flexural skin and adolescents have involvement of hands and feet. There may also be hypopigmented scaly lesions on cheeks and arms referred to as pityriasis alba. 4. Contact dermatitis (Fig, 3.3.-2.6) Generalized reactions to poison ivy or oak are common in children. An eczematoid, hyperpigmented rash in the infraumbilical 5. Diaper rash (Fig,,33 27) Punched out erosions are seen in Jacquet's dermatitis. Vesicular eruptions are seen secondary to candida albicans. Irritant or contact dermatitis is usually confined to the buttocks and perineal areas. Atopic dermatitis spares the diaper area.

Atopic eczema

Atopic eczema (infant). (Dome Chemicals) Figure 9-7. Atopic eczema (infant). (Dome Chemicals) Figure 9-8. Atopic eczema (infant). (Roche Laboratories) Figure 9-8. Atopic eczema (infant). (Roche Laboratories) Figure 9-9. Atopic eczema. The bottom photograph, by the use of a mirror, demonstrates the undersurface of the toes. (Sandoz Pharmaceuticals) Figure 9-9. Atopic eczema. The bottom photograph, by the use of a mirror, demonstrates the undersurface of the toes. (Sandoz Pharmaceuticals) Figure 9-11. Atopic eczema. This case of facial atopic eczema (top) resembled acute lupus erythematosus. The arm eruption (bottom) is on another patient and exemplifies the chronic lichenified form of atopic eczema. (K.U.M.C. Dome Chemicals) Atopic eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a rather common, markedly pruritic, chronic skin condition that occurs in two clinical forms infantile and adult. CLINICAL LESIONS. Infantile form blisters, oozing, and crusting, with excoriation. Adolescent and...

Consequences of Occupational Hand Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis Irritant contact dermatitis 3 Allergic contact dermatitis 4 Atopic dermatitis The economic impact of occupational contact dermatitis is estimated to be very high considering the direct cost of medical care, workers' compensation or disability payments, indirect costs associated with lost workdays and loss of The impact of occupational hand dermatitis on quality of life is significant. A population-based quality of life study from Denmark on 758 persons with occupational eczema showed a reduction of quality of life depending on the severity of the skin diseases and the socioeconomic status 16 .

Occupational dermatoses

Treatment of the dermatitis with wet compresses, bland lotions, or salves is the same as for any contact dermatitis (see previous discussion). Unfortunately, many of the occupational dermatoses respond slowly to therapy. This is due in part to the fact that most patients continue to work and are reexposed, repeatedly, to small amounts of the irritating chemicals, even though precautions are taken. Also, certain industrial chemicals, such as chromates, beryllium salts, and cutting oils, injure the skin in such a way as to prevent healing for months and years.

Primary Prevention Of Allergy

Studies have also been devoted to the prevention of childhood allergy through manipulation ofthe maternal diet during pregnancy and the lactation period. The conclusion of these studies is that allergen avoidance during pregnancy44 does not seem to have any effects on allergy incidence in the offspring, nor did a maternal diet rich in cow's milk increase the likelihood oftolerance induction48. In contrast, maternal avoidance of allergenic foods during the first three months of lactation was associated with a reduced incidence of atopic eczema in their babies during the first year of life40,49.

Quantity Of Dietary Gluten

Moreover, clinical experimental design has also been used as an approach to this question by giving individuals a certain amount of dietary gluten and following the possible effect on the small intestinal mucosa. This has been done in adult volunteers, patients with dermatitis herpetiformis,45 and in children with diagnosed coeliac disease and treated with a gluten free diet.46 All these studies reported a dose-related effect on the small intestinal mucosa.

Patchy Nonscarring Alopecia

It is a nonscarring, usually patchy but sometimes diffuse, hair loss of unclear cause. Many cases are familial, and it is believed that there may well be an autoimmune etiology. It is seen more commonly in patients with atopic dermatitis, thyroid disease, vitiligo, and Down syndrome.

Allergic Contact Reactions

It may be that up to 1.5 billion dollars is spent per year in the United States for nail products and nail services. Considering the number of nail cosmetics used, contact dermatitis is not common and allergic reactions to nail cosmetics probably account for only 8 to 13 of all cosmetic contact dermatitis. The usual culprits for contact dermatitis in nail cosmetics are methacrylates in sculptured nails and cyanoacrylates in nail glues. These reactions usually cause onycholysis (lifting up of the nail plate from the nail bed distally) and paronychia, which can be quite painful and disfiguring. The pain in the nail may persist long after the nail dystrophy has healed. Sometimes an irritant reaction or a secondary yeast infection is responsible for the nail dystrophy rather than a true contact dermatitis. Allergic sensitivity to chemicals in nail polish usually does not present as a nail dystrophy but instead as a contact dermatitis on the eyelids, face, or neck. The most common...

Photosensitivity dermatoses

The most valuable clue to the diagnosis of photodermatitis, or light eruption, is the characteristic sharp demarcation between normal covered and abnormal exposed skin. At times, airborne contact dermatitis (as from ragweed pollen) may mimic the distribution of photodermatitis, but the latter tends to spare key areas such as the submental region and the eyelid folds. Phototesting may be necessary in some cases to distinguish between the two conditions ( T bIe ,.30- 1). Often, the patient does not realize that sunlight (i.e., ultraviolet light) is evoking or aggravating the eruption and may even deny the possibility.

Autosomal Recessive Disease

Patients with AT also demonstrate progeric changes of the hair and skin, including early graying of the hair and atrophic, hidebound facial skin. Pigmentary changes are also frequent and consist of hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation with cutaneous atrophy. A few patients may demonstrate partial albinism, vitiligo, and cafe au lait spots. Seborrheic dermatitis occurs in nearly all patients, and senile keratoses, atopic dermatitis, and eczema are also reported. Another prominent feature of AT is frequent sinopulmonary infections. These may range from infection of the ears, nose, and sinuses to chronic bronchitis and recurrent pneumonia. The latter two may result in bronchiectasis and pulmonary fibrosis. Chronic infections are typically due to common bacteria however, they are sometimes poorly responsive to antibiotic therapy. The predisposition to infection is associated with the presence of an abnormal thymus and a marked deficiency of IgA, which is the predominant immunoglobulin...

Autolytic Debridement

Hydrocolloids contain carboxymethylcellulose, other polysaccharides, pectin, and noncy-totoxic adhesives. Their outer layer is formed by a waterproof polyurethane sheet that makes the dressing occlusive they gel on contact with wound exudate and create a moist environment. When the adsorbing capacity of the dressing is lost it tends to detach and must be changed (usually after 24 to 48 hours in ulcers stuck in the inflammatory phase) (Fig. 1). They are indicated for mild to moderately exudating wounds. The hydrocolloids can also be used over granulation tissue and in the epithelialization phase. In this case, they can be changed even after one week depending on the exudate amount. Rarely, they cause allergic contact dermatitis (29).

Dermatoses due to Physical Agents and Photosensitivity Dermatoses

Polymorphous light eruption a phototoxic reaction to UV rays characterized by a delayed response to light. It is very common in Native Americans and suggests a genetic inheritance. It begins in children with eczematous, papulovesicular, or plaque-like eruptions on cheeks, ears, nose, and dorsum of hands. If no additional sunlight exposure occurs lesions involute spontaneously in 1 to 2 weeks. Sunscreens need to screen out ultraviolet A (UVA, 310 to 400 nm) to be effective in most cases. Antimalarial drugs have also been used. Leung DY, Hanifin JM, Charlesworth EN, et al. Disease management of atopic dermatitis A practice parameter. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 1997 79 197.

Risk GroupRelated Measures in Production Teams

Special periodical medical examinations will trigger and enforce awareness and avoiding behaviour regarding the exposure to irritants and potential skin hazards as well as the proper use of protection equipment and barrier creams. However, for the continuous risk stabilization, an appropriate behaviour, individual awareness of risks as well as communication and behaviour patterns within the production teams are decisive 9 . To enforce risk awareness, the self-assessment of the hand eczema risk is a simple but effective tool. Within a skin protection campaign in a department manufacturing motor and chassis parts of the car industry, 4 questions concerning the self-assessment of hand eczema risk were answered by 2,102 workers with the following results hand eczema (history) 26.5 flexural eczema (history) 7.9 In order to maintain risk-adjusted behaviour patterns, the communication within the production teams has to be influenced. Team leaders may play a central role in the prevention of...

Dermatologic Therapy

The second basic principle in treatment is never do any harm and never overtreat. It is important for the physician to know which of the chemicals prescribed for local use on the skin are the greatest irritants and sensitizers. It is no exaggeration to say that the most commonly seen dermatitis is the overtreatment contact dermatitis. The overtreatment is often performed by the patient, who has gone to the neighborhood drugstore, or to a friend, and used any, and many, of the medications available for the treatment of skin diseases. It is certainly not unusual to hear the patient tell of using a strong athlete's foot salve for the treatment of the lesions of pityriasis rosea. Indications Dandruff, psoriasis, atopic eczema of scalp Sig Apply locally to affected area by hand or brush t.i.d. Actions Soothing, antipruritic, and astringent Indications Acute and subacute eczematous eruptions Indications Winter itch, dry skin, atopic eczema Indications Dry skin, winter itch, atopic eczema...

Classification of geriatric dermatoses

It is unusual to see certain skin problems in the aged, such as atopic eczema, acne, pityriasis rosea, impetigo, primary and secondary syphilis, herpes simplex, warts, exanthems, chloasma, and sunburn (Fig 34-7). Contact Dermatitis (see Fig 9 1, Fig 9-2,, Fig 9 3. and Fig 9-4). For the geriatric patient this commonly is a dermatitis caused by the use of too harsh a local Nummular Eczema (Fig 34 8 see Fig 9 12, Fig 32 3, Fig 32 5, Fig 32 6. and Fig 32 7). This is quite a common problem, seen particularly in the winter and Figure 34-8. Nummular eczema. (Johnson & Johnson) Figure 34-8. Nummular eczema. (Johnson & Johnson)

Primary bacterial infections pyodermas

Contact dermatitis due to poison ivy or oak Linear blisters does not spread as rapidly itches (see Chap.9). Contact dermatitis due to shaving lotions History of new lotion applied general redness of the area with some vesicles (see Chap 9). Contact dermatitis Sharp border absent fever and malaise absent eruption predominantly vesicular (see Chap, 9)

Localized pruritic dermatoses

Lichen Simplex Chronicus Scalp

Other common terms for lichen simplex chronicus include localized neurodermatitis and lichenified dermatitis. There are pros and cons for all the terms. chronic, itching, thickened, scaly, dry skin in one or more of several classic locations. It is unrelated to atopic eczema. PRIMARY LESIONS. This disease begins as a small, localized, pruritic patch of dermatitis that might have been an insect bite, a chigger bite, contact dermatitis, or other minor irritation, which may or may not be remembered by the patient. Because of various etiologic factors mentioned, a cycle of itching, scratching, more itching, and more scratching supervenes, and the chronic dermatosis develops. CAUSES. The initial cause (a bite, stasis dermatitis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, tinea cruris, psoriasis) may be very evanescent, but it is generally agreed that the chronicity of the lesion is due to the nervous habit of scratching. It is a rare patient who will not volunteer the information or admit,...

Protection against Irritants

For many years, a 3-step programme of occupational skin protection - consisting of skin protection (so-called barrier creams) before work, cleaning and skin care after work - has been introduced into practice. While protective creams are supposed to prevent skin damage due to irritant contact, skin cleansing should mildly remove aggressive substances from the skin, whereas postexposure skin care is intended to enhance epidermal barrier regeneration. This 3-step concept is strongly propagated and is one of the generally recommended measures to prevent occupational contact dermatitis 17 . Under model conditions for irritant contact dermatitis (repetitive irritation testing with sodium lauryl sulphate), it could recently be shown that the highest benefit was achieved if all 3 protective measures were combined. Thus, the efficacy of the integrated skin protection was confirmed however, the use of a barrier cream appeared to be the most important part 20 . In a double-blind randomized...

Differential Diagnosis

Atopic Winter Foot

Contact dermatitis Due to shoes, socks, gloves, foot powder usually on dorsum of feet or hands history of new shoes or new foot powder fungi not found (see Chap. Atopic eczema Especially on dorsum of toes in children quite chronic usually in winter very pruritic atopic family history on dorsum of toes fungi not found (see Chap 9 and Fig 33-24).

Dermatologic allergy

Nummular Eczema Contact dermatitis, industrial dermatoses, atopic eczema, and drug eruptions are included in this chapter because of their obvious allergenic factors. (However, some cases of contact dermatitis and industrial dermatitis are due to irritants.) Nummular eczema is also included because it resembles some forms of atopic eczema and may even be a variant of atopic eczema.

Life stages and the skin

In males, at puberty, the beard, the pubic hair, and other body hair begin to grow in characteristic patterns that differ from the hair growth in females. Both sexes at this time notice increased activity of the apocrine glands, with axillary perspiration and body odor and increased development of the sebaceous glands, with the formation of varying degrees of seborrhea and the comedones, papules, and pustules of acne. Certain skin diseases tend to disappear around the onset of puberty, such as the infantile form of atopic eczema, tinea of the scalp, and urticaria pigmentosa.

Allergens in the Workplace

The most common occupationally relevant causes of ACD in a 10-year study in Germany and recent data from the North American Contact Dermatitis Group reporting the top occupational allergens seen by their group are summarized in table 1 9, 10 . Professions associated with exposure to these and other allergens and recommended gloves for protection are summarized in table 2. A comparison between the top occupations effected by occupational ACD is presented in table 3. Skoet et al. 11 examined the rates of occupational hand dermatitis both from irritant and allergic eczema in Denmark in 2004. Women were more likely to be allergic to rubber additives (from gloves) and biocides such as methylchloroisothiazolinone methylisothiazolinone, Euxyl K400 and quaternium-15 (from skin care products). Men reacted at significantly higher rates than women to chromates (from leather gloves), but at similar rates to rubber additives and nickel (from tools) 11 .

Practical Determinants of the Use of Barrier Creams

Even if a proper logistics of barrier creams is assured and workers are provided with adequate medical advice on dermal exposures at the workplace and skin protection (plan), one must not automatically expect that they will use barrier creams properly Figure 2 shows that subjects with a very high risk of hand eczema on the one hand ( group 1 in instructions for special periodical medical examinations for the prevention of occupational skin diseases 8 but only non-relevant dermal exposures at the workplace) are likely to use barrier creams more frequently compared to subjects with relevant exposures but no history of hand eczema ( not included in groups 1-3 in the instructions). Fig. 3. Dermal exposures, use of barrier creams and hand eczema (HE) example. Fig. 3. Dermal exposures, use of barrier creams and hand eczema (HE) example. Apparently, pre-existence of atopic eczema (e.g. manifestation in the flexures) without any history of hand dermatitis also triggers the attitude to use...

Study Outcomes End Points

The hypothesis tested was whether the BFHI-based intervention is effective in creating sufficient support for breastfeeding mothers and infants (relative to those sites not receiving the intervention) to prolong the duration ofbreastfeeding and, as a consequence, reduce infectious morbidity during the first 12 months oflife. The primary study outcome was the risk of one or more episodes of gastrointestinal infection. Secondary outcomes included the risk of 2 or more episodes of any respiratory infection, 2 or more upper respiratory infections, atopic eczema, and recurrent (> 2 episodes) of wheezing the prevalence of any breastfeeding at 3,6,9, and 12 months of age and the prevalence ofexclusive and predominant breastfeeding at 3 and 6 months. Classification ofbreastfeeding as exclusive or predominant was based on WHO definitions45 applied to the cross-sectional infant feeding information at 1, 2, 3, and 6 months. The criteria for gastrointestinal and upper respiratory infection were...

Fields of Combined Application

Application of skin protection cannot be regarded as equivalent to usage of protective gloves 6 . While gloves are indispensable in exposure settings with toxic or mutagenic materials, dangerous microbes, as well as when dealing with strong irritants, skin-protective products are primarily intended to diminish the barrier-impairing effects of repeated exposure to mild irritants and a high wet-work load in order to prevent irritant contact dermatitis of the cumulative type. In contrast to skin products, gloves can also offer more effective protection against allergens 7 , provided that they are of appropriate material, which cannot be penetrated by the allergens addressed 8, 9 . Nevertheless, in many

Breastfeeding And The Development Of Cows Milk Protein Allergy

Breast milk contains many immunologic and nonspecific defence factors which compensate for the underdeveloped defences of the gut of the newborn infant.2,3 Low levels of secretory IgA or cows' milk (CM) specific IgA in colostrum have been associated with the development of CMA.45 On the other hand, exclusively breast-fed infants are shown to be sensitised to food antigens present breast milk67 and the symptoms ofatopic eczema have alleviated after cessation of breast-feeding.8 Breast milk also contains soluble immunoregulatory factors.39-1 1 However, the effects of these factors on the infants' immune responses are unknown.

Spectrum of Occupational Skin Diseases

Diseases relate to the skin (fig. 1) 1 . Occupational skin diseases encompass a wide array of conditions, including acne, cancer, connective tissue disorders, contact dermatitis, infectious diseases, pigment changes, urticaria and aggravation of preexisting skin diseases (table 1). Contact dermatitis is the most frequent and epidemiological relevant occupational skin disease.

Noninfectious miscellaneous dermatoses

This is very common in children and consists of hypopigmented, poorly defined, scaly macules and plaques found on the face and upper outer arms. It is believed to be a mild form of atopic eczema. Lesions are first noticed after exposure to sunshine, where the surrounding sun-affected skin appears quite tan. Treatment consists of topical 1 hydrocortisone cream at night and sunscreens during the day.

Diseased Compromised Skin and Solvent Selection

Erupted skin surface will allow increased water loss from the body. Psoriasis is a chronic recurring non-infectious scaling skin condition characterised by erythe-matous plaques covered with silvery scales. For topical therapy the loss of skin barrier integrity has been shown to be valuable for targeting drugs to the required site of action while minimising side effects (Anigbogu et al., 1996). Lichenoid eruptions are characterised by intensely itchy flat-topped papules while eczema is a further non-infectious eruptive condition, in which blistering occurs. Contact dermatitis can result from a direct irritant action of a substance on the skin (irritant contact dermatitis) or further exposure, following previous sensitisa-tion of the skin, from a contact allergen (allergic contact dermatitis). Irritant dermatitis is the more common of the two manifestations, and can be caused by many chemicals, solvents and detergents sodium lauryl sulphate was used to induce irritant dermatitis before...

Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin that is characterized by the occurrence, usually in children or sexually active young adults, of one or multiple small skin tumors. These growths occasionally develop in the scratched areas of patients with atopic eczema. The causative agent is a large DNA-containing pox-virus. Multiple facial lesions are common in HIV-positive patients. PRIMARY LESION. An umbilicated, firm, waxy, skin-colored, raised papule varies in diameter from 2 to 5 mm and, rarely, is larger. SECONDARY LESION. The skin is inflamed from bacterial infection or an eczematous reaction that may be immune in nature. DISTRIBUTION. Most commonly the papules appear on the trunk, face, arms, and genital area, but they can occur anywhere. COURSE. Onset of lesions is insidious, owing to lack of symptoms. Trauma or infection of a lesion causes it to disappear. CONTAGIOUSNESS. This involves direct contact or autoinoculation. Differential Diagnosis

Future Perspectives in Skin Protection

In contrast to many other occupational diseases, occupational skin diseases are not hidden. As they are visible for the subject and his environment with signs on the hands forearms, the necessity, success, but also the failure of preventive measures will be obvious for all participants. Therefore, teaching the company management and the workers about existing dermatological risks at the workplace and their consequences is reasonable. It is also easy to convince both groups that there are good opportunities to reduce and sometimes avoid the risks, and that the use of barrier creams is one central issue in this context. But it is hard to ensure a continuous use of barrier creams in subjects without any experience of (hand) eczema. Therefore, in addition to the advice on individual risks of hand eczema by a physician, it is necessary to develop self-assessment systems for the risk of hand eczema by individual factors and exposures at the workplace. Such systems could be convenient also...

The Influence Of Maternal Immunity

Human milk also contains foreign antigens, e. g. food antigens eaten by the mother and these may sensitise the baby40. A maternal hypoallergenic diet during the lactation period is associated with less atopic eczema in the children, but does not reduce the prevalence of other atopic manifestations during the first four years of life41.

Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis

Delay in diagnosis is due to a combination of patient embarrassment and fear, and missed diagnosis. Between one quarter and one third of individuals with malignancy of the anal region have been misdiagnosed with benign pathology such as hemorrhoids, fissure, fistula, eczema, or abscess. A careful history, a thorough examination, and a biopsy of any suspicious lesions should make incorrect diagnosis very unlikely.

Proof of Efficacy Test and Evaluation Methods

The effectiveness of a skin care programme is conditioned not only by the effectiveness of the product itself, but also by the frequency and the elaboration of the application (re-application over a certain time, spreading of steady, adequate amounts of the PC on all skin areas that need protection), and finally by the effectiveness of the education in reducing skin-damaging exposure. A simple method to verify and quantify how exactly the self-application of a PC is performed at the workplace was introduced by Wigger-Alberti et al. 8 . The authors proceeded from the assumption that certain areas of the hands are usually skipped on self-application of a PC - a fact that might contribute to the discrepancy between promising experimental efficacy data and the practical benefit after PC application. With the use of a fluorescent technique, it was shown that the application was mostly insufficient among patients with hand eczema (falling into different professional groups), particularly on...

Exposures at the Workplace

Measures of skin protection depend on the one hand on exposures at the workplace and on the other hand on individual skin 'sensitivity' and history of hand eczema in the past. Relevant allergens in the metal industry are e.g. epoxy resins, acrylics, polyurethane, polyester and phenol-formaldehyde resin systems, colophony and p-phenylenediamine 2 . Preservatives and biocides in metalworking fluids may generally be discussed as relevant allergens, whereas metals like chromate and nickel seem to be less important 5 . As barrier creams are sufficiently effective against sensitizaton and allergens, only by the design of workplace processes and the use of personal protective equipment, i.e. protective gloves, is it possible to prevent skin contact. Common irritants in the metal industry are water-based metalworking fluids, metal chips, different grinding dusts, glues, solvents, dirty work, wet work in general, including kitchen canteen work, and long-term use of occlusive gloves. The risk...

Evidence Based Medicine and Skin Protection

Although barrier creams are one of the most commonly recommended measures to prevent occupational dermatoses such as irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis, their actual benefit at the workplace is still lively debated 13 . Nevertheless, there is a lack of placebo-controlled, randomized clinical studies, evaluating the benefit of skin protection products in the prevention of occupational diseases under real workplace conditions. Moreover, the literature data are controversial - some publications report on positive results after applying skin protection, whereas others disclose negative ones. In a worldwide survey of international experts, 98 considered protective creams to be no more effective than bland emollients in the prevention of contact dermatitis 14 .

Elimination Replacement of Harmful Exposures

Elimination or replacement of known sensitizing allergens can be a useful method to prevent ACD. Successful identification of a common allergen, chro-mate, and replacement with another nonsensitizing agent is well described in Denmark. In 1981, at manufacture, the chromate content of cement in Denmark was lowered to less than 2 parts per million of water-soluble chromate. This was accomplished by replacing chromate with ferrous sulfate at an added cost of approximately 1 . By this substitution, hand eczema decreased from 11.7 to 4.4 of workers 14 . Chromate allergy also decreased from 10.5 to 2.6 of workers examined. Irritant dermatitis rates did not change 14 . In a separate study, Avnstorp 15 compared the workers sensitized to chromate prior to the change in 1981 with younger workers who were employed after the decrease in cement chromate concentration. The older workers with chromate allergy appeared to show no improvement after 6 years, despite the reduction of chromate in the...

Spirulina And Its Antibacterial Activity

Spirulina contains vitamin A, important in preventing eye diseases iron and vitamin Bi2, useful in treating hypoferric anemia and pernicious anemia y-linolenic acid, appropriate in treatment of atopic child eczema therapy, to alleviate premenstrual syndrome, and in immune system stimulation.77 Edible microalgae such as Spirulina are rich in protein, lipid, polysaccharide, fiber, microelements, andbioactive substances.78 It has also been reported to have health and pharmacological properties that can help to prevent and cure peptic ulcer and anemia, enhance immunity, as well as antitumor, antiradiation, antipathogenic activities against microorganisms, it can decrease blood lipid and some may act as antiarteroclerosis agents.79-84


Symptoms of dry, scaly skin, making the rough surface soft and smooth' may lack specificity. Also, the term 'dry skin' is not generally accepted 15, 16 . However, no consensus exists regarding the definition of a moisturizer 15 . Moisturizers are used daily to alleviate or improve 'dry' skin symptoms such as chapped hands and heels, ichthyosis, asteatosis, atopic dermatitis, atopic dry skin etc. 14-17 . Application of moisturizers may increase skin hydration and therefore may modify the skin surface's physical and chemical nature, so as to smooth, soften and make more pliable 14, 16 . Moisturizers in Preventing Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Skin and Mucosal DCs

In contrast with these MDC subsets, pDCs are not resident cells of normal skin and mucosa (Gilliet et al., 2004 Wollenberg et al., 2002) but are present in HPV-related cervical cancer (Bontkes et al., 2005), skin melanoma lesions (Salio et al., 2003), lupus erythematosus (Farkas et al., 2001), psoriasis (Nestle et al., 2005), allergic contact dermatitis (Bangert et al., 2003) and in the nasal mucosa as early as 6 h after allergen challenge (Jahnsen et al., 2000), suggesting an active recruitment of blood pDCs to the site of peripheral inflammation. Furthermore, pDC recruitment to the skin has been observed in a therapeutic setting in which skin tumors were treated topically with TLR7 agonist imiquimod (Urosevic et al., 2005). As will be discussed further, pDC trafficking has many similarities with T cells, both being attracted to the site of inflammation by chemokines (SDF-1 CXCR3-ligands).

Gray hair

Elimination of gray hair is considered desirable by millions of persons, and there are a myriad of products on the market to help achieve this goal. Hair dyes color on a temporary or permanent basis. The most common chemical that causes hair-dye contact dermatitis is paraphenylenediamine, which is on a standard tray of patch test substances in a dermatologist's office and should be tested for in suspected cases so as to avoid repeated episodes.

External Agents

Clinically, photoallergic contact dermatitis appears eczematous, whereas acute phototoxic contact dermatitis is edematous or bullous. Erythema is common to both. Occasionally, photoallergy lingers for months or even years without further exposure to the allergen (persistent light reactor).


Seborrheic dermatitis may also be a factor in perianal pruritus, and contact dermatitis may be allergic or irritant in nature. Allergic dermatitis is the result of a cell-mediated immune response to a specific exogenous allergen, which may be the chemical component of a plant or an animal, a fabric, or a medicinal product. The most frequent offenders are poison ivy, poison oak, nickel, rubber (latex) compounds, procaine, neomycin, and the topical anesthetics of the -caine family. The lesions from contact dermatitis may vary from vesicles to eczematoid plaques with ill-defined borders. Dermatologic skin testing can often identify the offending agent. Treatment is aimed at prevention of allergen exposure supplemented by topical or systemic steroids if a reaction occurs. Nonallergenic contact dermatitis, or irritant dermatitis, is caused by exposure to such substances as acids, alkalis, the salts of metals, and hydrocarbons. The treatment is avoidance of exposure to these irritants and...


Occasional adverse reactions to PG have been reported. Recently, allergic contact dermatitis was reported from a patient exposed to a propylene glycol containing ultrasonic gel (Horiguchi et al., 2005). Similar findings have been reported from ECG electrodes (Connolly and Buckley, 2004) and also from topical preparations containing propylene glycol such as Efudix cream (Farrar etal., 2003).


See Eczema infectious eczematoid, 110, 53f, 155-156, 155f Duhring's disease. See Dermatitis herpetiformis Dyshidrosis (pompholyx), 205. A syndrome characterized by blisters on the palms of hands, fingers, and feet. If the cause is known, this term should not be used. Considered by many to be a subtype of atopic eczema. Ectodermosis erosiva pluriorificialis. A synonym for Stevens-Johnson form of erythema multiforme. Eczema 30-31

Basic immunology

Table For Basic Immunology

T cells cannot see antigen without the aid of antigen-presenting cells. Antigen-presenting cells include macrophages and dendritic antigen-presenting cells, such as the Langerhans' cells of the skin. Langerhans' cells are the primary antigen-presenting cell of the epidermis and are central to epidermal T cell-mediated reactions such as allergic contact dermatitis. Presentation of antigens to T cells generally requires that protein antigens are first degraded to peptides and presented by special antigen-presenting molecules. Antigens that derive from inside the cells are generally presented on major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules ( e.g., HLA-A, B, C), to CD8+ T cells. Examples of internal antigens are viral antigens, tumor-associated antigens, and transplantation antigens. CD8+ cyto-toxic cells are thus positioned to recognize and kill these cells. ATOPIC DISEASE AND ATOPIC ECZEMA Atopic conditions include asthma, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, and atopic dermatitis....

Sauer notes

Any type of skin lesion, such as hand dermatitis, poison weed dermatitis, atopic eczema, chigger bites, fungus infection, traumatic abrasion, and so on, can become secondarily infected. Infectious Eczematoid Dermatitis The term infectious eczematoid dermatitis or auto eczematous dermatitis is more often used incorrectly than correctly. Infectious eczematoid dermatitis is an uncommon disease characterized by the development of an acute eruption around an infected exudative primary site, such as a draining ear, mastitis, a boil, or a seeping ulcer. Widespread eczematous lesions can develop at a distant site from the primary infection, presumably due to an immune phenomenon. Contact dermatitis with secondary infection No history or finding of primary exudative infection history of contact with poison ivy, new clothes, cosmetics, or dishwater responds faster to therapy (see Chap. 9). Nummular eczema No primary infected source coin-shaped lesions on extremities clinical differentiation of...


Diepgen TL, Coenraads PJ The epidemiology of occupational contact dermatitis in Kanerva L, Eisner P, Wahlberg JE, Maibach HI (eds) Handbook of Occupational Dermatology. Berlin, Springer, 2000, pp 3-16. Wigger-Alberti W, Elsner P Contact dermatitis due to irritation in Kanerva L, Elsner P, Wahlberg JE, Maibach HI (eds) Handbook of Occupational Dermatology. Berlin, Springer, 2000, pp 99-110. Marzulli FN, Maibach HI Allergic contact dermatitis in Zhai H, Maibach HI (eds) Dermatotoxicology, ed 6. Boca Raton, CRC Press, 2004, pp 229-235. Ale I, Maibach HI Irritant contact dermatitis versus allergic contact dermatitis in Zhai H, Maibach HI (eds) Dermatotoxicology, ed 6. Boca Raton, CRC Press, 2004, pp 237-263. Zhai H, Maibach HI Barrier creams in Zhai H, Maibach HI (eds) Dermatotoxicology, ed 6. Boca Raton, CRC Press, 2004, pp 507-516. Wigger-Alberti W, Elsner P Do barrier creams and gloves prevent or provoke contact dermatitis Am J Contact Dermatitis 1998 9 100-106. Zhai H, Anigbogu A,...

Climatic Conditions

When the relative humidity is less than 50 , the water content of the stratum corneum remains below 10 . At a water content of less than 10 the stratum corneum dries out and becomes brittle. The combination of low humidity, high temperature and, frequently, rapid air movement dehydrates the outer stratum corneum. This leads to pruritus and, finally, to low-grade eczema 9 . Low ambient humidity causes dehydration of the stratum corneum and impairment of the epidermal barrier function, followed by increased irritability of the skin 10 . In atopic subjects subclinical xerosis may occur within hours of exposure 11 . The skin surface conductance in the stratum corneum of hairless mice was significantly lower 3-7 days after transfer from a humid (> 80 relative humidity) to a dry (< 10 relative humidity) environment than that of the mice transferred from a normal environment (40-70 relative humidity) to a dry environment 7 , a condition air stewardesses are frequently confronted with 14...

Twenty Nail Dystrophy

Twenty-nail dystrophy is characterized by lackluster appearance with longitudinal striations, roughness, and some pitting, which may be seen in all 20 nails, usually in children. This may improve spontaneously over some years. Although this problem was described as a primary nail disease, many authors believe these are the nail changes of psoriasis, lichen planus, or alopecia areata that are seen without other manifestations of the disorder. Less commonly, IgA deficiency and autoimmune hematologic abnormalities are associated. It may represent a subgroup of endogenous eczema with a predilection for the nail matrix or an autoimmune response in the nail matrix.

Tinea of the Hands

A primary fungal infection of the hand or hands is quite rare. In spite of this fact, the diagnosis of fungal infection of the hand is commonly applied to cases that in reality are contact dermatitis, atopic eczema, pustular bacterid, or psoriasis. The best differential point is that tinea of the hand usually is seen only on one hand, not bilaterally.


The interview covered different topics related to personal history and occupational exposure. Age and sex were documented. Personal history was directed towards former skin diseases, especially atopic dermatitis using the 'Erlangen atopy score' 46 . Respiratory atopy was documented as well. Occupational exposure was evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively. The apprentices were asked whether and for how long (< 1 h 1-4 h > 4 h) they had to carry out exposure-specific tasks (cleaning of workplace and machines, cleaning of workroom and storage rooms, skin contact with wet dough, fruit handling, layer cake and chocolate preparation, oven work). Skin protection measures were documented, i.e. the use of gloves, protective creams and moisturizers. Additionally, hand washing frequency was monitored (< 10 10-20 times > 20 times a day). Leisure time activities including wet work and contact with irritants like exposure to cleaning and dishwashing, baby care, car maintenance, house...


Correct diagnosis of a fungal infection is necessary. An oral antifungal drug should not be prescribed for a patient if the diagnosis has not been confirmed. Systemic antifungal agents are of no value in treating atopic eczema, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, pityriasis rosea, and so on.

Untoward Effects

On already impaired skin in many cases. Chemical ultraviolet filters are also potentially capable of inducing allergic as well as photo-allergic contact dermatitis in rare cases. As mentioned above, protective creams should be free of penetration-enhancing ingredients such as propylene glycol, urea and particular emulsifiers 3, 4 .


At challenge, 75 (64 ) infants showed IgE-mediatedand 43 (36 ) non-IgE-mediated response to CM. Of the IgE-positive infants, 68 reacted within 2 hours compared with 16 in the non-IgE-mediated group. The IgE-positive infants had more often urticaria (76 vs 9 ), but less frequently atopic dermatitis (28 vs 72 ),vomiting (9 vs 30 ),diarrhoea (0 vs 23 ) and wheezing (1 vs 14 ) than those with non-IgE-mediated reaction. During the first 8 weeks at home, the infants with IgE-mediated reaction were exposed to CM less frequently and those who were exposed were given smaller amounts of CM during a shorter period (Table 2). They were breast-fed longer, and greater percentage of them had symptoms suggestive of CMA during exclusive breast-feeding. Of the 50 infants showing symptoms during exclusive breast-feeding, 18 were given CM at hospital. Thus 32 infants were sensitised during exclusive breast-feeding.

Educational Programs

A variety of worker educational programs have been shown to be successful in reducing the incidence of OSD. In general, these educational sessions have focused on the prevention of ICD in various populations, including baking apprentices and new hairdressing trainees 47 . 'Eczema school' in an occupational dermatology clinic in Finland was found to improve results for both irritant and allergic dermatitis. In this clinic, a trained dermatology nurse educated patients about skin care, allergen avoidance and skin protection 48 . Patients with ICD had significantly better outcomes after education (p < 0.008) compared to patients with ACD. Within the ACD groups, those who were educated did not have continuous dermatitis versus 13 of the noneducated group. Education also seemed to enhance avoidance of allergens such as metals or synthetic resins. Pre-employment screening was used in a study by Macan et al. 49 to evaluate rates of atopy and contact sensitization in a group of 351 subjects...


Occupational skin diseases comprise a wide spectrum of conditions. Under epidemiological aspects, occupational contact dermatitis that is usually manifested on the hands is the most frequent occupational skin disease with an estimated average incidence rate of 0.7-1.5 cases per 1,000 workers per year. Irritant dermatitis is due to individual susceptibility and the exposure to irritants such as wet work combined with detergents or other hydrophilic irritants or solvents at the workplace. Chronic irritant dermatitis is a risk factor for delayed-type sensitization and subsequently allergic contact dermatitis. It is therefore the prevention of chronic or cumulative irritant dermatitis that is the decisive factor in the prevention of occupational skin disease. Within prevention programs at the workplace, skin protection plays an important, but limited role. Others are technical and organizational means to avoid or reduce skin exposure to irritants and allergens. Educational measures to...

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