In work areas with frequent moisture, protection or allergen contact, occupational skin diseases can develop. Hairdressers and dental hygienists, for example, can often develop allergic contact eczema, while nurses or gardeners may develop abrasive eczema through frequent contact with fluids and irritants.
If an occupational illness is suspected, the appropriate employer’s liability insurance will be notified following the completion of medical history and a comprehensive allergy diagnostic exam. The insurance, together with the dermatologist and a centre for skin protection, will support the therapy and provide training to protect the skin. This includes the avoidance of the offending substance or activity, the use of protective gloves, a mild skin cleansing as well as the optimal use of skincare creams.