If your doctor diagnoses contact dermatitis due to your work, you or your doctor should tell your employer. They have to report this to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In the rare case of you being significantly disabled by your skin condition, you should contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). You may be entitled to a special kind of disability benefit (Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit). This is unusual; however, some people do find they have to change jobs because of their contact dermatitis. So it can have quite an effect on your life.
Both irritant and allergic contact dermatitis can occur together (particularly on the hands) and either may co‑exist with constitutional dermatitis. It is common for exposure to occur to more than one irritant and more than one allergen at any one time. Such exposures may give rise to a cumulative irritant and cumulative allergic response. An irritant contact dermatitis may also develop first, rendering the skin more susceptible to penetration by sensitisers. It is also possible that an original allergic contact dermatitis might be later sustained by an irritant.