Occupational and Contact Dermatitis
Occupational and contact dermatitis represents a broad
spectrum of common diseases that involve a sensitivity to small
molecular compounds in our environment. The identification of
causative agents presents a great challenge to practicing
Workplace, household and cosmetic exposure are often due to
direct irritation of the skin (irritant contact dermatitis) as
opposed to a specific allergic reaction. Common forms of
irritant dermatitis include "dishpan hands" and solvent
exposure. Treatment generally involves protective measures and
sensible skin care.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis is less common than irritant contact
dermatitis. People can become allergic at any time to numerous
common and less common chemicals in our environment. Examples
include nickels (found in most jewelry) and perfumes. Allergy
patch testing is available to patients with possible allergic
contact dermatitis, and innovative therapeutic regimens aimed at
isolating causative factors, preventing onset and optimizing
treatment of symptoms are readily available from UConn faculty.
The appropriate management of elusive forms of dermatitis
requires physicians with a great deal of training and experience
in this field. The health care team at the Department of
Dermatology treats hundreds of patients per year with this
often-chronic condition and is well-equipped to handle patients
with difficult forms of dermatitis.
If you are suffering from an acute or chronic form of
dermatitis, please feel free to
contact us for an appointment and full evaluation.
21 South Road,
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.