A Program for Physicians
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Workers frequently develop a secondary contact allergy to topical products such as antibiotics that they use to treat their work-related dermatitis. This dental assistant with hand dermatitis was allergic to glutaraldehyde that she used to sterilize instruments, and to neomycin.
Dermatitis primarily on the non-dominant hand develops in workers who grip an object while performing a more delicate task, often with a tool, with the dominant hand. This right-handed optician recalled only after patch-testing positive to ethyl acrylate that he sometimes held heated acrylic frames in his left hand, which caused his dermatitis.
This hair stylist with hand dermatitis was allergic to para-phenylenediamine (hair dye) and glyceryl monothioglycolate (permanent wave solution). The latter penetrates both vinyl and rubber gloves and allergy may be a cause of permanent disability.
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