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Healthcare workers have high rates of Allergic Contact Dermatitis

August 15, 2018

Research conducted by the Foundation’s Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon shows that nearly 50% of healthcare workers referred to the Foundation’s clinic had experienced allergic contact dermatitis (ACD).


ACD is a reaction by the skin caused by contact with some substance or chemical, the allergen. It presents as an itchy red rash.


In a statement by the Australasian College of Dermatologists, Assoc. Prof. Nixon said “Australian dermatologists have undertaken numerous studies to examine the frequency of allergic contact reactions. The major substances causing allergic contact dermatitis in healthcare workers are rubber glove chemicals, preservatives, excipients in hand cleansers and antiseptics.”


“Dermatologists frequently treat patients who have experienced skin reactions to allergens. It is important to make a diagnosis of what is causing the problem and patch testing is used to diagnose allergic contact dermatitis. This includes allergy to ingredients found in certain types of goods, such as skincare products, fragrances, plants, jewellery, hair dyes, liquid soaps, shampoos, baby wipes and gloves.”

Click here for a copy of the College’s media release.

Category: Media Releases
Tags: ACD, allergens, allergic contact dermatitis, healthcare workers, patch testing,
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