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A case of irritant contact dermatitis of the feet in a teenager

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A 16-year-old sports player presented with marked redness and pain affecting both feet. A diagnosis of contact dermatitis was made, with the length of time spent in damp football socks being the main contributing factor. Successful treatment recommendations included switching from synthetic to cotton socks, ensuring footwear was dry, soaking the feet in potassium permanganate and applying topical steroids and emollients. This article gives an overview of the case study, discusses how to assess a patient with suspected contact dermatitis of the foot and the differences between allergic and irritant dermatitis, and suggests management and treatment options.
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Keywords: ALLERGIC CONTACT DERMATITIS (ACD); CONTACT DERMATITIS (CD); FEET; HYPERHIDROSIS; INFLAMMATORY ECZEMATOUS; IRRITANT CONTACT DERMATITIS (ICD); REACTIONS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2015

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  • Dermatological Nursing is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) and the UK's only quality dermatological nursing journal. It aims to provide cutting-edge articles on the treatment and management of dermatological conditions and the care of patients with skin problems. While the focus is on dermatological nursing, the information included is relevant to other healthcare professionals.
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