Prognosis of Irritant Contact Dermatitis

  • Peter ElsnerEmail author
  • Kaija Lammintausta
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Acute irritant contact dermatitis heals if exposure is excluded.

Chronic irritant contact dermatitis is caused by chronic exposure, and multiple factors are contributing to the prognosis.

Hand dermatitis is often multifactorial thus making it difficult to judge the prognosis of irritant dermatitis as a single factor.

A history of atopic dermatitis is an apparent negative prognostic factor.

Concurrent contact sensitivities seem to decrease chances for healing of a chronic irritant contact dermatitis.

Patient guidance and education are crucial for a favorable prognosis.


Irritant dermatitis Prognosis Hand dermatitis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital JenaJenaGermany
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyTurku University HospitalTurkuFinland

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