Allergic contact dermatitis in health care workers to diazolidinyl urea present in antimicrobial hand gel

Jennifer L Cahill and Rosemary L Nixon
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (12): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2011.tb03161.x
Published online: 20 June 2011

To the Editor: A 44-year-old female nurse with a 4-year history of hand dermatitis was referred to an occupational dermatology clinic in Melbourne. In 2009, her hand dermatitis had worsened when she started working in a neonatal intensive care unit, where she used antimicrobial hand gel more frequently. Her hands improved when she spent time away from work but worsened again within 2 days of returning.

  • Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre, Skin and Cancer Foundation Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.



Acknowledgement: Jennifer Cahill has received a grant from the Australasian College of Dermatologists (paid to the Skin and Cancer Foundation Victoria) for an occupational dermatology traineeship.

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