Skin conditions can be painful, irritating, and may require expensive treatments or surgeries. Did you know your job can actually cause you to contract a skin condition? Learn about 4 common skin conditions and how they can be contracted from work.
Sometimes called eczema, dermatitis is a condition where the skin appears red, flakey, cracked, or blistered. The condition can cause itching or pain, and make it difficult to work. Dermatitis can last for weeks and can reoccur frequently.
Eczema is commonly developed in occupations that work with oils, greases, or large amounts of dust, as well as occupations where workers have prolonged exposure to water, detergents, or wet cement.
This skin condition is the result of a direct-contact allergic reaction appearing in the form of a red, splotchy rash. The condition appears almost immediately after touching the irritant and does not dissipate for hours. If you develop urticarial, you may feel burning, tingling or itching at the rash site.
If you work in an industry that involves poultry and meats, extreme hot or cold conditions, or requires you to continuously wear single-use latex gloves, you can actually develop this skin allergy on the job.
If you are consistently exposed to excessive oils or fats in the workplace, you have a higher chance of developing oil folliculitis. The condition appears as inflamed, puss-filled bumps. The rash appears most commonly on your arms or legs, and it is your body’s way of expelling excess oil. This condition can cause pain and may require topical treatment.
Some of the most common occupations that contract oil folliculitis are refinery workers, diesel mechanics, sheep shearers, and construction workers.
Skin cancer occurs when your body overproduces a number of skin cells, resulting in a tumor. The cancer is most commonly seen as a basal cell carcinoma or a melanoma and is typically removable with a small surgical procedure. If left untreated, some skin cancers can cause serious health problems or even lead to death.
This condition is increasingly common among workers who spend large amounts of time in the sun. This includes agriculturalists, construction workers, and refinery workers.
If You Developed a Skin Condition from Work, Call (804) 823-2050.
A skin condition can cause pain and impact your day-to-day life. At Harbison & Kavanagh, we believe your employer has a responsibility to take care of you and provide compensation for your pain and suffering. That is why our Richmond workers’ compensation attorneys investigate the details of your case and help collect evidence to file the strongest claim possible. We have more than 40 years of experience fighting for our clients, and we are ready to help you.
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