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What should you tell your coworkers about your eczema?

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The itching, burning, and open, oozing wounds that eczema causes can make it hard to use your hands. That may affect you on the job, especially if your eczema is severe. If your co-workers aren’t familiar with eczema, you can help educate them. Let them know it isn’t contagious, but that it can cause problems like bleeding and cracking skin.

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.”

Don’t be afraid to ask others for help when you need it. Flare-ups come and go, and you can do your best to return the favor when you feel better.

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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