Treating Occupational Dermatitis

There are treatments for occupational dermatitis that can manage the symptoms and in some people the symptoms can clear up entirely.

After having occupational dermatitis diagnosed it is important to reduce or entirely remove oneself from exposure to the allergen or irritant in the workplace that was believed to cause the disease. This can be difficult based on your type of job, but there are steps that can be taken to minimise or remove exposure such as wearing protective clothing or gloves. See our section on preventing occupational dermatitis for more information.

Occupational dermatitis can take several months to settle so moisturisers and topical steroid creams are often prescribed to help reduce the redness and itching and help to heal the skin.

There are various different types of emollients which can be used depending on the type of skin affected and the severity of the dermatitis so there can be a period of trial and error trying the different types before the most effective emollient is found.

If treatments that have been prescribed by a GP are not helping with the condition it is likely that you will be referred to a dermatologist who may offer additional treatments such as phototherapy, immunosuppressant therapy and a type of oral medicine called alitretinoin which is used to treat severe eczema of the hands.