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Musicians at Risk for Common Skin Condition

Posted: March 29, 2012

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Topical corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors, such as tacrolimus or pimecrolimus, can allow the dermatitis to heal.

Change is good

If the musician has irritant contact dermatitis caused by friction or pressure, modifying the area of contact with the instrument – such as wearing protective gloves – may help improve the condition.

If allergic contact dermatitis is the culprit, substituting the component of the instrument causing an allergic reaction with another material is recommended. For example, mouthpieces and guitar strings are available in different compositions.

Fransway cautioned that if a change is not made, the dermatitis will recur more rapidly with each exposure.