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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 …

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  • For correspondence: Dr J Saary, St Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. joan.saary{at}

  • Source of funding: Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario.