Guidelines for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of hand eczema

European Society of Contact Dermatitis


Hand eczema (HE) is not a homogeneous disease entity, and is associated with many different aetiologies and morphologies. Acute and subacute HE can be defined as eczema, localised to the hands, that lasts for less than 3 months and does not occur more than once per year.

Chronic HE is associated with a high health economic burden and significant loss of quality of life. Occupations at risk of HE include hairdressers, bakers, and healthcare workers.

This Guidelines summary covers the causes of HE, diagnosis, and treatment options.


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