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CME ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 213-224

Hand eczema


1 Department of Dermatology, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Jaipur, India

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Dr Uma Shankar Agarwal
397, Shankar Niwas, Srigopal Nagar, Gujjar Ki Thadi, Jaipur
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.131372

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Hand eczema is often a chronic, multifactorial disease. It is usually related to occupational or routine household activities. Exact etiology of the disease is difficult to determine. It may become severe enough and disabling to many of patients in course of time. An estimated 2-10% of population is likely to develop hand eczema at some point of time during life. It appears to be the most common occupational skin disease, comprising 9-35% of all occupational diseases and up to 80% or more of all occupational contact dermatitis. So, it becomes important to find the exact etiology and classification of the disease and to use the appropriate preventive and treatment measures. Despite its importance in the dermatological practice, very few Indian studies have been done till date to investigate the epidemiological trends, etiology, and treatment options for hand eczema. In this review, we tried to find the etiology, epidemiology, and available treatment modalities for chronic hand eczema patients.


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