Occupational Airborne Contact Dermatitis: A Realm for Specific Diagnostic Procedures and Tips

  • Jean-Marie LachapelleEmail author


Airborne contact dermatitis (ABCD) is considered an archetype in the field of environmental dermatology. It is often underestimated in most textbooks of general dermatology, despite its frequent occurrence in daily life. ABCD may be irritant, allergic, phototoxic, or photoallergic. Airborne contact urticaria is another example. A particular clinical aspect is the “head and neck dermatitis” that occurs in atopic adult patients. Occupational ABCD represents a most difficult issue in terms of diagnostic procedures. It is obvious that nonoccupational ABCD cases involve similar problems, usually easier to solve, and our comments can be extrapolated to the other environmental situations. A particular condition, “the sick building syndrome,” (SBS) is described in detail; it has to be differentiated from the so-called mass psychogenic illness.


Atopic Dermatitis Dust Particle Contact Dermatitis Allergic Contact Dermatitis Sick Building Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyCatholic University of Louvain, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-LucBrusselsBelgium

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