Joel G. DeKoven September 20, 2021
Curr Dermatol Rep. 2021 Sep 14:1-10. Online ahead of print. [OPEN Access] PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an up-to-date, customizable approach to the worker presenting with dermatitis.   RECENT FINDINGS: Occupational contact dermatitis (OCD) is often a result of combined allergic, irritant, and endogenous factors. Potential causes of OCD can be categorized in 3 main groupings: workplace materials, personal protective equipment, and skin care. Although patterns of dermatitis may provide some indication of the etiological factor(s), patch testing remains essential in the diagnosis of allergic OCD. Management of OCD may require changes in workplace practices to reduce worker exposure to the causative agents and improve skin care practices.   SUMMARY: OCD is a multifaceted condition with significant consequences for affected workers and their families, employers, and insurers. A methodical and individualized approach to the patient with OCD should ensure timely and accurate diagnosis(es).  PMID:34540358 | PMC:PMC8439371 | DOI:10.1007/s13671-021-00339-0

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