Contact dermatitis -- chronic inflammation of the skin resulting from contact with a chemical, biologic or physical agent -- is a common work-related condition, especially in health care, but can be managed with proper diagnosis and treatment, according to an expert with the Cleveland Clinic. Patch testing is important for diagnosing dermatitis, especially on the hands. Treatment depends on the type of dermatitis diagnosed but usually includes avoiding the allergen and using a topical or oral corticosteroid to relieve symptoms, one expert said.

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