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Common allergens in allergic contact dermatitis

Peter C Schalock, MD
Section Editor
Joseph Fowler, MD
Deputy Editor
Rosamaria Corona, MD, DSc


Allergic contact dermatitis is the classic presentation of a T cell-mediated, delayed-type hypersensitivity response to exogenous agents and the most frequent occupational skin disease. Health professionals, chemical industry workers, beauticians and hairdressers, machinists, and construction workers have the highest risk of developing occupational allergic contact dermatitis. However, exposure to common industrial allergens may also occur at home.

This topic will review the agents that most commonly cause allergic contact dermatitis. The pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of allergic contact dermatitis are discussed separately.

(See "Basic mechanisms and pathophysiology of allergic contact dermatitis".)

(See "Clinical features and diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis".)

(See "Patch testing".)


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