Intended for healthcare professionals

Contact dermatitis in the last 30 years – a personal view

Contact dermatitis is a result of the skin reacting to environmental factors. This seems straightforward enough until we realise that the environment is constantly changing and the susceptibility of skin to the environment is also constantly changing. Our knowledge of the biological mechanisms involved has improved and cultural changes have taken place. All of these factors have contributed to differences between the mid-1970s and the present day.
Dermatology in practice 2005; 13(2): 16–18
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