Types of Industrial DermatitisRead about the different types of industrial dermatitis
Different Types of Industrial Dermatitis
Industrial Dermatitis comes in a variety of forms, but in most cases these can be broken down into two main types:
Irritant Contact Dermatitis can occur swiftly after contact with any strong irritant or can progress over a longer period with frequent or repeated exposure to less strong irritants. Irritation can be caused by many factors including biological, mechanical or physical means, even frequent contact with something as apparently innocuous as water can cause issues to arise; for example washing your hands frequently or spending long periods of time with wet hands.
Other substances that commonly cause Irritant Contact Dermatitis include detergents such as washing up liquid, soaps, bleaches and other cleaning products, solvents such as petrol, oils and various other chemicals, and a variety of types of plants.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis occurs when someone develops an allergy to a substance. Once they become allergic (also known as becoming sensitized) they are likely to suffer after any contact with, or exposure to the substance. In many cases these substances are known to be irritants and exposure should always be limited, but in other cases people can develop an allergy to seemingly harmless substances which have very little or no effect on others.
Substances that can commonly cause allergic contact dermatitis include Nickel and cobalt; both metals which are frequently found in items of jewellery, jean studs and bra straps, cosmetics; including hair dyes, perfumes, preservatives in creams and ointments and a range of different plants and plant extracts.
There are other types of dermatitis that can present themselves as a reaction to situations in the work place. These include:
Nummular Dermatitis, which consists of distinctive coin shaped red plaques which appear on the arms, legs, hands and torso. It is often caused by very dry environments or taking very hot showers.
Seborrhoeic Dermatitis involves greasy yellow or reddish scaling on parts of the body covered with hair, or in folds of the skin, and is commonly brought on by stress.
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
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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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