Dermatoses due to Personal Protective Equipment and other protective/preventive measures in COVID-19 pandemic- A study on frontline Health care workers


  • Avanita D. Solanki Department of Dermatology, AMC MET medical college and hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Neela M. Patel Department of Dermatology, AMC MET medical college and hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Sonali Saxena Department of Dermatology, AMC MET medical college and hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Kartavya Banker Department of Dermatology, AMC MET medical college and hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Tithi Shah Department of Dermatology, AMC MET medical college and hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India



COVID-19, PPE, HCW, Occupational dermatoses


Background: The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) around the world in view of COVID-19 pandemic has led to high incidence of occupational dermatoses amongst healthcare workers (HCWs). Amongst all staff members visiting dermatology services, irritant dermatitis (body, hand) and acne form eruption remained the most common concerns. Apart from improving staff morale and quality of life, prevention and management of these conditions will also minimize the risk of breaching stringent PPE protocol. Preventive strategies including frequent breaks from PPE and less than 6 hours of continuous PPE usage can make the working environment more conducive for HCWs.

Methods: A quantitative descriptive research-based study is utilized, in which participants who fulfilled the required criteria were selected and were asked to fill the questionnaire. Results were analysed.

Results: Redness and itching are the commonest complaints encountered followed by skin rash and acne. Facial occupational dermatoses due to PPE revealed that allergic and irritant contact dermatitis are most common, followed by acne form eruptions and contact urticaria.

Conclusions: With adequate hydration, workplace modifications, taking regular breaks from wearing PPE gear may help in alleviation of dermatoses and motivate HCWs in their fight against pandemic.



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