Contact Dermatitis

Dental office employees exposed to chemicals in dental practice settings are at risk of developing occupational skin diseases, in particular contact dermatitis. Occupationally related contact dermatitis (dry, itchy areas where the skin is irritated) is an occupational skin disease and can develop from frequent and repeated use of hand hygiene products, exposure to chemicals, and glove use.

Contact dermatitis is classified as either irritant or allergic. Irritant contact dermatitis is common, non-allergic, and develops as dry, itchy, irritated areas on the skin around the area of contact. By comparison, allergic contact dermatitis can result from exposure to accelerators and other chemicals used in the manufacture of rubber gloves as well as from exposure to other chemicals found in the dental practice setting. Allergic contact dermatitis often manifests as a rash beginning hours after contact and, like irritant dermatitis, is usually confined to the areas of contact.

Contact Dermatitis Prevention

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