Skin Problems In Healthcare Workers During Covid-19

The Department Of Dermatology at Santosh Medical College and Hospital Ghaziabad under the guidance of HOD Dr V.K. Garg ,Dr Anuja Rao ,Dr Nishant Singh , Dr Sheraun Karira and Dr Garima Yadav would like to create awareness  about the skin manifestationsin COVID-19 pandemic among the healthcare workers due to the use of  the personal protection equipment (PPE) ,mask and goggles , gloves ,hair caps and frequent hand washing.

PPE:

Due to the hyperhydration effect of PPE, friction, epidermal barrier breakdown, and contact reaction. Erythema, papules, maceration,scaling are the most commonly reported skin changes caused by extended wear of PPE.

MASKS AND GOGGLES:

The prolonged use leads to contact and pressure urticaria or contact dermatitis. More than one-third of health care workers complained of :acne, facial itching, and even dermatitisfrom wearing an N95 maskcontinuously for 6 hrs. 

PROTECTIVE CAPS:

The use of protective caps may induce:pruritus and folliculitis or exacerbate seborrheic dermatitis.

GLOVES:

The long-term use of protective gloves leads to:maceration and erosions,possibly leading to the development of contact dermatitis.

FREQUENT HAND WASHING:

Exaggerated hand washing with detergents/disinfectants can impair the skin barrier rand may also be responsible for:Irritation and even the development of contact dermatitis.Two-thirds of health care workers will wash their hands over 10 times a day.