What is contact dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is a type of eczema that occurs after the outer layer of your skin comes into contact with something that irritated it. Skin can look, red, dry, scaly and cracked. It commonly appears on hands and can be a chronic (long term) condition or it may improve or clear if the trigger is identified and removed or avoided8.

Who gets contact dermatitis?

You have a tendency for your skin to become inflamed if you already suffer atopic eczema30. People who are exposed to chemical substances at work are also more at risk. This includes hairdressers, beauty technicians, cleaners, farmers, chefs, construction workers and mechanics.22

What causes contact dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is caused by either an irritant or an allergen coming into contact with the skin. Common irritants include soaps, detergents, perfumes, disinfectants, oils and dust, while an allergy might be caused by a certain brand of cosmetics, metals such as nickel, rubber and plants.23

How to manage contact dermatitis?

Some people can manage their contact dermatitis by simply avoiding the trigger – not wearing costume jewellery, for instance, or switching detergents. But some people have no choice but to continue to be exposed to irritants or allergens at work. In these instances, an effective management option for contact dermatitis is regular application of skin moisturisers24. Keep QV Gentle Wash at work and always wash your hands after exposure to a suspected irritant. Then apply a moisturising cream such as QV Cream or QV Skin Lotion immediately afterwards. If this doesn’t provide enough relief, apply QV Intensive Ointment to hands and wear under light cotton gloves overnight.24


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