Epidemiology and etiology

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Contact dermatitis is a common reason for dermatology referrals and constitutes up to 90% of all workers' compensation claims for dermatologic conditions. Although most often seen in adults, contact dermatitis can affect all age groups, with females at

slightly greater risk than males.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis

FIGURE 65-4. Irritant contact dermatitis. Erythema and edema with spared areas on the back at sites in contact with an irritant in a 30-year-old male. (From Wolff K, Johnson RA. Eczema/dermatitis. Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005: 20.)

FIGURE 65-4. Irritant contact dermatitis. Erythema and edema with spared areas on the back at sites in contact with an irritant in a 30-year-old male. (From Wolff K, Johnson RA. Eczema/dermatitis. Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005: 20.)

FIGURE 65-5. Allergic contact dermatitis of the hand: chromates. Confluent papules, vesicles, erosions, and crusts on the dorsum of the left hand in a construction worker who was allergic to chromates. (From Wolff K, Johnson RA. Eczema/dermatitis. Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005: 27.)

FIGURE 65-5. Allergic contact dermatitis of the hand: chromates. Confluent papules, vesicles, erosions, and crusts on the dorsum of the left hand in a construction worker who was allergic to chromates. (From Wolff K, Johnson RA. Eczema/dermatitis. Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005: 27.)

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