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A UK study shows that hand washing initiatives in healthcare workplaces may be behind increasing numbers of doctors and nurses developing irritant contact dermatitis.

The study looked at work-related cases of contact dermatitis reported by UK dermatologists between 1996 and 2012.

In 2012 there were around 4.5 times as many reports in healthcare workers attributed to hand hygiene procedures as in 1996. In two control groups of other workers, the number of cases declined over the same period.