Dental workers are particularly at risk of hand dermatitis because of continuous glove use and frequent washing of hands. In all, it can affect up to one in three healthcare workers.1 Hand dermatitis is a general term describing three different skin reactions: irritation; delayed hypersensitivity; and immediate hypersensitivity.
If you suspect hand dermatitis or latex allergy seek medical advice from your medical practitioner, local occupational health expert or dermatologist. This is particularly important if you think you may have become sensitised to latex. Latex allergy can be potentially life-threatening and expert advice must be sought immediately.