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What are common eczema triggers in the workplace?

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The itching, burning, and open, oozing wounds that eczema causes can make it hard to use your hands. Sometimes you jobs may set off eczema triggers, like:

If you can, avoid triggers while you work. Keep them off your skin. Also try to make sure irritating substances stay off your clothes, other work gear, or your work surface. (If your work area gets cleaned with these things, you may ask to wash your work area yourself, or wipe it down with plain water afterward.)

If you have to come in contact with irritating substances, wear heavy vinyl gloves or neoprene gloves with cotton glove liners underneath.

  • Regular exposure to water (like washing dishes or frequent hand-washing)
  • Antibacterial products, cleansers, or other products that contain alcohol or solvents

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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