What is irritant eczema?

Irritant eczema is a type of contact dermatitis, meaning that you can develop the rash if you touch something that is damaging to your skin. The exact mechanism of action varies, and it can be both short lived and long lasting. It accounts for the majority of cases in industry.

Irritants include solvents, such as ethanol, acetone, turpentine; metalworking fluids; latex; kerosine; detergents; alkalis or acids, as well as abrasive dusts. Napkin eczema is common in babies, and is due to ammonia-based chemicals in urine.

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