What are the most common causes of dermatitis?

The most commonly reported agents causing dermatitis include:

  • rubber chemicals and materials, such as rubber gloves;
  • working with wet hands (wet work); and
  • shampoos, soaps and cleaners.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says that solvents, some food (including onions, flour and shellfish), oils and greases, dusts, acids and alkalis, some hair dyes, UV-cured printing inks, adhesives, cement, and even some plants, such as chrysanthemums, can all cause dermatitis.

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