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Review: some barrier creams and moisturisers are effective for irritant contact dermatitis; steroids are effective for allergic contact dermatitis

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 Q What is the effectiveness of various interventions for the prevention or treatment of contact dermatitis (CD)?

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Medline, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, and Cochrane Library (1966 to June 2003); and reference lists.

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English language controlled trials on prevention or treatment of naturally occurring or experimentally induced CD in ⩾10 adults. Studies of only 1 contact allergen, immediate hypersensitivity (type I) reactions, contact urticaria, or atopy were excluded. 49 studies met the selection criteria. 12 good quality studies and 16 fair quality studies were included in the analysis (23 randomised controlled trials and 5 …

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