Diagnosing Industrial DermatitisHow can I tell if I am suffering from industrial dermatitis?
Diagnosis of Industrial Dermatitis
The most common way for industrial dermatitis to be diagnosed is through a thorough investigation of the affected area or areas alongside a full physical examination. It is rare that blood tests or x-rays are needed, as the symptoms are frequently visible, due to the nature of the condition.
There are many substances which have been proved over time to frequently cause reactions and subsequently many of those have been phased out of use, or in some cases better systems are implemented for people to avoid the risks involved in working with these substances.
In order to determine whether the reaction is from an irritant or an allergen, doctors and dermatologists will frequently offer patch testing. This involves testing a wide range of allergens against the skin of the sufferer to work out which ones are causing the reaction. These tests are often carried out using discs or patches that are loaded with potential allergens and applied to the sufferer’s back. These are left in place for up to 48 hours and then re-inspected to gauge the severity of the reactions. In some cases the reaction will be very mild – perhaps a patch of redness – whereas more acute reactions can result on severe, painful blistering. Once it is established what is causing the reaction steps can be put in place to minimise the exposure to that particular substance.
When presented with a possible case of irritant or allergic contact dermatitis it is likely that your doctor or dermatologist will test for Atopic Eczema; a condition in which the body produces large amounts of a protein called IgE. This affects around 15 percent of children and 5 percent of adults in the UK and sufferers can be particularly prone to developing allergic contact dermatitis. The test for this condition usually involves a blood test to see if levels of IgE are higher that in normal circumstances.
If you, or someone you know is a victim of ‘industrial dermatitis’ then call our advice line free, 0800 122 3130 or request a free call back when its convenient for you.
Claiming For Your Industrial Dermatitis
Free Legal Help
If you are unsure if you have a claim for industrial dermatitis (sometimes called occupational dermatitis), then call our personal injury claims team for free, no obligation advice on making a claim. They will ask you some simple questions about your condition and talk to you with what’s happened and can tell you if you have a claim or not. Call us 24/7 on 0800 122 3130.
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