It is recommended to test all individuals with skin diseases for a work-related etiology due to the ubiquity of occupational exposures that may develop or worsen skin illnesses. If an occupational skin condition is suspected, practitioners should ask the following questions:
- Basic Working Circumstances
- Chemical, Physical and Biological Agents
- Occurrence Of Skin Conditions Among Coworkers.
- Other Exposures, Such As Soaps and Detergents.
After taking into account the patient’s medical history and a comprehensive physical exam, occupational contact dermatitis is often suspected. In most instances, more testing will be required, and rarely, a trip to the place of employment may be needed, particularly in inexplicable contact dermatitis outbreaks.
Contact dermatitis may be categorized as acute (weeping, edematous, vesicular, blistering) or persistent for therapeutic purposes (dry, cracked, scaly, thickened). Finding some relief with treatments is nearly always possible, but identifying the causative factor and stopping exposure is necessary for recovery.