Eczema is confined to the dorsum of a 37-year-oldwoman’s hands. She had been applying an over-thecounter,topical antifungal cream but noted no changein the rash. The patient is a hairdresser and enjoyskickboxing.
Eczema is confined to the dorsum of a 37-year-old woman's hands. She had been applying an over-the-counter, topical antifungal cream but noted no change in the rash. The patient is a hairdresser and enjoys kickboxing.
What is your course of action?
A. Perform a potassium hydroxide evaluation.
B. Prescribe a topical corticosteroid cream.
C. Advise the patient to wear gloves when washing, dyeing, or styling hair.
D. Perform a patch test for allergens in the workplace.
E. Advise the patient to give up kickboxing.
(Answer on next page.)
Case 1: Irritant dermatitis
Irritation from the patient's kick-boxing gloves produced an irritant dermatitis on the dorsum of her hands. The eruption's location was a clue to the diagnosis; a contact dermatitis generally affects the fingers and palmar surface.
The kickboxer was advised to purchase new, softer-lined gloves and to use a heavier moisturizer before donning them. A topical corticosteroid cream was recommended for use on an as-needed basis, B. These measures eliminated the problem.