Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis

By definition, contact dermatitis is primarily induced by external, non-infectious agents that may exert their effects immunologically, chemically or physically. It usually occurs in an expected location on the skin and potential triggers can often be identified. However, contact dermatitis may appear as either eczema-like or non-eczematous lesions. Allergic contact dermatitis often develops on top of atopic eczema.34 Common substances associated with contact dermatitis include metals such as nickel, latex and hair dyes.35,36

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UK/GEN/16/0051 Date of preparation: October 2016