Hand dermatitis in primary care: A nurse practitioner's role in management

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Purpose:Discuss chronic hand contact dermatitis (CD) and its management by nurse practitioners (NPs) in primary care.Data Sources:Clinical studies, practice guideline, and clinic case.Conclusion:Hand CD is a common form of dermatitis in primary care. Recognition and avoidance of irritants and allergens, proper hand protection, and topical treatments can alleviate this chronic problem, significantly relieve symptoms, and promote skin health.Implications for Practice:A national shortage of dermatologists has caused more patients to seek treatment for skin disorders in primary care. NPs need to be prepared to diagnose and manage common skin problems in primary care.

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