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Exploring occupational barriers due to skin disease

It is estimated that approximately 20% of the UK population suffer with some form of skin disease at a given time. Eczema, acne and infectious disorders (for example, athlete’s foot) are the most commonly presented skin complaints. About 15–20% of a GP’s workload and 6% of hospital outpatient referrals are for skin problems. A 2001–2002 self-reported, work-related illness survey estimated the prevalence of self-reported, work-related skin disease in Great Britain at 39,000 cases.
Dermatology in practice 2007; 15(1): 32–35
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