Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis (also known as contact eczema) is a non-infectious inflammatory reaction of the skin to external substances and influences and is one of the most common skin diseases.


 


Contact dermatitis or contact eczema, a non-infectious inflammatory reaction of the skin to external substances and influences, is one of the most common skin diseases. Around 20 per cent of the Swiss population is affected by contact dermatitis of varying severity during the course of their lives.

Contact eczema is not catching and is not life-threatening. Patients are mostly afflicted by itching and the eczema that is often clearly visible, especially on the face and hands. As a result, sufferers are often shunned by other people. Contact eczema can follow a short or intensive course, but can also be prolonged and highly chronic. Depending on the severity, contact eczema can certainly cause unfitness for work or even  require a change of occupation.

 

Editors: aha! Swiss Allergy Centre in co-operation with the Scientific Advisory Board.

 

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