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Should I tell my coworkers that I have eczema?

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That's your call. Your co-workers may not know that eczema is a chronic skin condition that isn’t contagious. They might not realize it can cause problems (like pain and bleeding, cracking skin) -- or even that it can show up on areas of your body like your hands. It can help to have a short conversation with your co-workers. You don’t have to tell them everything, but you could say something like, “I have a condition called eczema that can make my skin irritated. You can’t catch it.”

From: Eczema and Your Job WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry, Scaly, and Painful Hands Could Be Eczema."

Annales De Dermatologie Et De Venereologie: "Hand Eczema: Disability and Impact."

JAMA Dermatology: "Health Care Utilization, Patient Costs, and Access to Care in US Adults with Eczema."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Talking to Others About Your Disease."

National Eczema Association: "Understanding Hand Eczema."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 28, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry, Scaly, and Painful Hands Could Be Eczema."

Annales De Dermatologie Et De Venereologie: "Hand Eczema: Disability and Impact."

JAMA Dermatology: "Health Care Utilization, Patient Costs, and Access to Care in US Adults with Eczema."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Talking to Others About Your Disease."

National Eczema Association: "Understanding Hand Eczema."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 28, 2017

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