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The Protèque Steroid-Sparing Approach to Skin Disease Management

Protèque (pronounced pro-teck) is recommended by over 10,000 dermatologists, allergists, pediatricians, family practice physicians, ob-gyns, and podiatrists in the US

Protèque Skin Protectant Lotion for Hands+Body is the All-in-One solution for IRRITATED SKIN.

  1. PROTECTS against irritants that can cause contact dermatitis and eczema, affecting adults, children and babies.
  2. Helps treat and prevent damaged skin even through repeated washings.
  3. Contains antimicrobial and non-steroid anti-inflammatory therapeutic ingredients that provide relief from itch, redness, inflammation, cracking, peeling, scaly, painful, excessively dry skin.

Protèque was designed to work as a system along with proper hand washing soaps, LOW potency corticosteroids until the condition improves (only if prescribed by physicians) and the use of properly selected protective gloves. As a skin protectant, Protèque protects the skin from irritants abundant in today's work environment like harsh antibacterial soaps, chemicals, contaminants, protective gloves, and frequent hand washing. Protèque is a dermatologist recommended skin protection system that forms a protective layer that also delivers ingredients that promote repairing of damaged skin. Protèque's non-greasy, water resistant, protective layer seals in the skins natural moisture (reduces transepidermal water loss) even through multiple hand washings without clogging pores. Protèque absorbs quickly for greater productivity and allows sufferers to return to routine daily work, home or sport activities without delay.

Because Protèque is water-resistant you only need to apply it 2-3 times a day. We recommend that you wash hands thoroughly (according to your organizations hand washing protocol), and dry thoroughly. Remove rings before applying for maximum coverage. Apply .5ml (DIME SIZE) amount of lotion to cover entire skin area paying particular attention to folds in the skin and the area around the cuticles. Frequent hand washers such as lab technicians, nurses, doctors, food handlers, housekeeping, and waiters may need to apply every 4 hours. NO MORE THAN 3 TIMES PER DAY!

For maximum protection, apply 2 thin coats at the first application. DO NOT OVER USE! Two applications per day are sufficient for most people. REMEMBER: Protèque is a skin protectant, not just a moisturizer. Applying more than needed can lead to excess build up and wastefulness of the product.. When Protèque is used with proper hand washing and properly selected protective gloves, it keeps irritants away from skin, WHILE CREATING A SAFE AND HEALTHY SKIN ENVIRONMENT.

Protèque Skin Protectant Lotion is compliant with FDA monograph 21CFR347 for skin protectants. Our NDC# is 062177.

Hand Eczema (Also Called Hand Dermatitis)

The following information is provided for the 20+% of women and men who suffer with recurring IRRITATED, RED, ITCHY, CRACKED, PEELING, SPLIT, DRY, PAINFUL HANDS AND FINGERS. It is the number one occupational health disease in the US (and other highly industrialized countries). A large number of office workers are also experiencing it now (especially in dry winter environments) caused by a combination of transepidermal (skin) water loss AND the residual chemicals (FORMALDEHYDE AND WHITENERS) in recycled papers they handle all day long. At home (or in laboratories) mom's (and a few dads) get what was called "dishpan hands" by their doctors. It also affects children and teens who usually have allergies to nickel, foods, soaps, chemicals, detergents, or any other allergens or irritants.

These chronic eczema/dermatitis conditions are not limited to the hands either. It could affect feet, face, arms, legs, scalp or body. This section focuses on hands because acccording to most medical experts and practicing dermatologists, hand eczema is the most difficult for them to get under contral and to manage with traditional steroids and moistures. The same principles apply whether it is hands or other skin areas of the body.

Because of the risks associated with cross contamination does your occupation require you to?

  • Wash your hands frequently?
  • Use protective gloves?
  • Be exposed to hazardous chemicals, irritants, and/or contaminants?

Because of these precautionary measures do you experience these symptoms on your hands?

  • Dryness
  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Cracks
  • Pain

Each of these symptoms is related to an occupational skin condition which dermatologists call Irritant and Allergic Contact Dermatitis. The most common reaction to latex products is Irritant Contact Dermatitis - the development of dry, itchy, irritated areas on the skin, usually on the hands. This reaction is caused by skin irritation from using gloves and possibly by exposure to other workplace products and chemicals. The reaction can also result from repeated hand washing and drying, incomplete hand drying, use of cleaners and sanitizers, and exposure to powders added to the gloves. Irritant Contact Dermatitis is not a true allergy.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis predominates and accounts for 80% of the most common dermatological maladies in industrialized societies. Estimated total annual costs (including lost workdays and loss of productivity associated with occupational skin diseases) may reach $1 billion annually. Allergic and irritant contact dermatitis is overwhelmingly the most important cause of occupational skin diseases, which account for 15% to 20% of all reported occupational diseases according to the CDC National Institute of Occupational Health Update July 1997. Jobs in our economy continue to shift from manufacturing to services, with the service sector now employing 70% of all workers. New chemicals, materials, processes, and equipment are being developed and marketed at an ever-accelerating pace. THE WORK FORCE IS CHANGING!

Hand rashes are extremely common, and many people start with dry chapped hands that later become red, itchy, patchy, scaly and inflamed. Most people don't know they have contact dermatitis. Occupations that require employees to wash hands frequently (dentists, healthcare workers, lab technicians, food handlers, housekeeping, waiters, flight attendants etc.) are at risk for skin disease.

When hands are washed thoroughly with soap or a disinfectant, 90-99% of existing organisms are removed only when a sufficient amount of cleansing product is used and a sufficient amount of friction (rubbing of hands together) is applied. It is important to pay special attention to areas between the fingers and thumb and also use a brush on the fingernails. Thirty seconds are needed to achieve this level of elimination of existing organisms. Therefore, when the necessary hygiene measures are taken, they frequently causes skin irritation and in some cases may cause allergies. In the medical sector, most countries have specific hand washing procedures for the employees to follow. We now know that even single hand washing can shrink the skin barrier for a period of hours. People that have to wash their hands frequently each day have the potential to increase the roughness and dryness of the skin, therefore shrinking the skin barrier. Multiple hand washings can produce roughness and dryness within a few hours, which can cause minor impairments, by removing the barrier of lipids which is our skins protective film of oil (EBF Epidermal Barrier Function). During hand washing with harsh antibacterial soaps, the cleansing agents can penetrate the deeper layers of the skin which can cause long term skin disease. A damaged skin barrier is a portal of entry into the body for allergens. Once this breakdown of the skin integrity occurs, the natural regeneration of healthy skin is prohibited. For those people that are required to wear protective gloves, and if the gloves are worn too long, existing microorganisms begin to multiply by the millions in this warm moist environment. This can cause serious contamination to patients, food, or laboratory processes if the gloves become torn or perforated or when the gloves are removed. Furthermore the wearing of gloves often causes skin problems.

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Welcome to Protèque International's links to Consumer education on the topics of Eczema and Irritant Contact Dermatitis of the hands and body.

Protèque International, a new Raleigh N.C. company, has compiled this list of Web Links to provide easy access to knowledge bases relating to our company's specialty -- Prevention of Irritant Contact Dermatitis and Eczema of the Hand and Body. Please put our Protèque web site in your bookmarks and favorite places and return frequently for new information and updated references on new solutions to Skin Irritation. Also please see your dermatologist or physician if you have concerns or questions about your eczema, serious dry cracked chapped irritated skin or contact dermatitis condition and ask about Protèque Skin Protection System -- The only clinically proven All-in-One Solution for both Prevention and Treatment of Irritated Skin. For a dermatologist in your area, please send your e-mail to

1.- Latex Allergy Support Group Listings for Patients and Physicians
2.- Contact Dermatitis Telemedicine, Charles Sheard, MD.
3.- American Academy of Dermatology's Patient Education Pamphlets on "Hand Eczema" and       "Eczema/Atoptic Dermatitis."
4.- Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema: National Jewish Medical and Research Center, a leading research center on this topic.
5.- Occupational Contact Dermatitis Disease: University of Edinburgh.
6.- Columbia/HCA Dermatology Dictionary of Skin Terms (Currently Down).
7.- Latex Allergy: A Prevention Guide from the US National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety released May 8, 1998.
8.- Corticosteroids for Atopic Dermatitis.

9.- Latex gloves hand health workers a growing worry.

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