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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 206

Hand dermatitis in beauticians

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Anandam Kuravi

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Kuravi A. Hand dermatitis in beauticians. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1998;64:206

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Kuravi A. Hand dermatitis in beauticians. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 1998 [cited 2020 May 30];64:206. Available from: http://www.ijdvl.com/text.asp?1998/64/4/206/4696

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This is with reference to the article entitled "Hand dermatitis in beauticians" published recently.[1] We wish to share our experience in this regard.

Our study comprised of 16 female beauticians in and around Manipal with working experience ranging from 4 months to 20 years. A detailed history of atopy, contactants, symptoms, aggravating factors and protective measures used was taken. All except 7 used gloves for hair dyeing and perming. These 7 (43%) noted burning sensation and peeling of skin over finger tips after contact with perming lotion and burning sensation alone with bleaching cream which subsided within a few days. There was history of atopy in 3 out of which one had past history of itching with vesicles following use of hair dye without gloves. Two others complained of itching and burning alone after use of hair dye. Nine (56%) had dryness of skin. Other findings noted were prominent skin markings over fingers, rough skin, orangish discolouration of finger pulps and nails following use of henna. Two had warts and callosities. However none had active hand dermatitis on examination. Hence patch tests were not done.

We feel that hand dermatitis is not a common problem in our beauticians due to their awareness and use of protective measures. In our study only one had past history of itching with vesicles in the absence of protection. Dryness of skin can be attributed to frequent washing of hands with soap and water, Perming lotions, hair dyes and bleaching creams contain irritant substances which can cause contact dermatitis. Use of gloves when handling these agents is imperative.

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1.Neena Khanna. Hand dermatitis in beauticians in India, Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1997;157-161.  Back to cited text no. 1    


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