Do the skin problems appear on your hands, forearms or face? If so, this may be a sign that you have occupational dermatitis, where your working environment has caused your skin condition to develop or worsen.
Signs of the Skin Condition
Dermatitis symptoms and their severity can vary from person to person. The most common warning signs that you have the skin condition include:
Regular contact with water, harsh chemicals or irritant substances can strip your skin of its natural oils. This extreme dryness can then lead to cracked skin, also known as ‘skin fissures’, which can regularly split and ooze, leading to great discomfort.
A common sign of irritation and inflammation is damage to the outer layer of the skin, particularly patches of redness. They may be blotchy or appear in small patches and bumps throughout the affected area, and can often become warm and uncomfortably itchy.
Exposure to a strong irritant can cause the skin to immediately blister, while regular exposure to a mild irritant is likely to result in redness and small lesions. These patches will tend to differ in colour and feel to other areas of skin. They may also become crusted or begin weeping, while also being extremely painful for the sufferer.
Has Your Work Caused Your Dermatitis Symptoms?
An employer is legally obliged to protect their employees from harm.
If you work with causative agents and the correct safety measures aren’t in place, which has caused you to develop any of the above dermatitis symptoms, you may be entitled to claim compensation from the responsible party.
Read our dermatitis compensation guide to find out more about the legal and financial support that is available to you.