Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin and it is commonly caused when the skin comes into contact with chemicals or other substances that disagree with the skin. It may be caused by an allergic reaction. While many people suffer from dermatitis, or eczema as a child, it will usually pass by the time we age. If you develop dermatitis at a later age and it worsens then it may have been caused by your work and you may be entitled to compensation. Stockslegal can help prepare and fight your compensation claim case.


There are two types of dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis is caused when your skin comes into contact with something that you are allergic to. For example, you may be allergic to latex and find that you suffer from dermatitis when wearing latex gloves. Irritant contact dermatitis is caused when the skin comes into contact with some form of irritant. This can include substances like glue or detergent and it will most commonly affect the hands because this is the area of the body that is most likely to come into contact with the irritant in question.

Work Related Dermatitis

Work related dermatitis is caused by conditions within the working environment. For example, if you come into regular contact with dust or with some minor irritants, if you are not provided with appropriate protective wear then you may suffer. Dust is only one possible form of irritant that can cause or worsen cases of dermatitis. Even the shampoo and other products used by hairdressers and beauticians may lead to dermatitis. Cleaning products, mild chemicals, and even plants may cause dermatitis.

Your Employer’s Responsibility

It is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that you have adequate working conditions. If you will be coming into contact with potential irritants then you should also be provided with protective items or protective clothing. For example, if you are to handle chemicals, oils, cream, or dye then you should be provided with gloves. Of course, if you are allergic to latex then you should be provided with a latex free alternative to the usual choice of rubber gloves.

Controlling Eczema

Dermatitis cannot be cured but it can be controlled. Changes in your lifestyle, such as taking showers rather than baths, patting instead of rubbing yourself dry, and avoiding other potential irritants should help to control the outbreaks of dermatitis. They should allow you to enjoy greater levels of comfort, because dermatitis can be extremely uncomfortable and if it is not treated it can even lead to bacterial infection. Always consult with your doctor if you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of dermatitis; not only will this help control the symptoms but it can also help if you file a compensation claim too.

Stockslegal Dermatitis Claims

Contact Stockslegal on 0800 988 9055 to discuss your compensation claim case if you have suffered work related dermatitis. You may be able to claim loss of earnings and other elements of compensation that enable you to continue with your daily life.