Chronic hand eczema is a frequent cause of consultation. In Europe and Switzerland, it's one of the main reasons for patients to interrupt their profession. The etiology is plurifactorial. Atopic patients are more likely predisposed. Pruritus, associated to pain and bleeding, is intense. Psychosocial conse quences are huge, making this illness to an important public health problem. Topical treatment and UV-light are the main therapeutical strategy but the results are often disappointing. Recently, alitretinoine (9-cis retinoic acid) became the treatment of second choice with good response, allowing patients to preserve a good quality of life and their job.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Revue Medicale Suisse|
|State||Published - Apr 4 2012|