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The perils of contact dermatitis for hairdressers

It is well recognised that contact dermatitis is extremely common among hairdressers. This is because their exposure to a variety of potentially irritant hair-care products such as shampoos, perming solutions, colourants and bleaches is so great. They are also exposed to several potential allergens. Dermatitis predominantly affects apprentices, and atopy is a recognised risk factor, associated with a poor prognosis. Hairdressing tends to be an industry composed of small businesses where there is very little opportunity for occupational health advice and there is a substantial turnover of junior staff in hairdressing salons. However, colleges that run hairdressing courses are becoming more aware of the health hazards involved in hairdressing.
Dermatology in practice 2004; 12(3): 12–13
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