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Dermatitis Claims

What is Dermatitis?
Dermatitis is a common childhood condition, which often vanishes by the time a person reaches adulthood.  If you develop eczema or dermatitis later on in life, or your condition significantly worsens later in life, then there is a chance that it could have been caused as a result of your working conditions.

There are three main types of Dermatitis:

  • Irritant Contact Dermatitis - caused by things that dry out and damage the skin, such as solvents, detergents, oils and prolonged or frequent contact with water
  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis - can occur if you develop an allergy to something that comes into contact with your skin. Such substances include chemicals and cement, hair products, epoxy resins and some food stuffs
  • Contact Urticara - plants, foods and natural rubber latex gloves are examples of causes of this condition

Dermatitis can occur in just about any workplace including:

  • healthcare workers
  • food processing or catering
  • cleaning
  • printing
  • engineering
  • agriculture

What are the symptoms?
Dry, reddish, itchy skin indicates some kind of dermatitis, or skin inflammation, of which there are many types:

  • a red rash that is limited to the area of skin exposed to an irritant is probably contact dermatitis
  • red, itchy, circular patches of weeping, scaly, or encrusted skin suggest nummular dermatitis, common in older people who have dry skin or live in dry environments
  • greasy, yellowish scales on the scalp and eyebrows, behind the ears, and around the nose indicate seborrhoeic dermatitis; in infants it is called cradle cap
  • scaling, sometimes ulcerated skin appearing inside the lower legs and around the ankles, may indicate stasis dermatitis
  • extreme, persistent itchiness may signal atopic dermatitis (eczema). Very often, however, itchiness results simply from dry skin

Treatment options are varied and depend upon the particular cause of your condition. Options can include creams, wet compresses and avoiding the substance that caused your condition. Sometimes medication is required.

Why should I claim?
If you have recently contracted dermatitis after coming into contact with a substance, or you already suffer from the condition, and your symptoms have been made worse by exposure to substances in the workplace, then you should seek immediate medical advice, legal advice and notify your employer.

Compensation claims for dermatitis can be awarded to reflect the nature and severity of your symptoms and illness. If your employment is at risk because of your condition, you may need specialist employment advice that we can provide. It is important that you get advice immediately if this is the case. The time limits for making some claims are short and your position may need to be protected.

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