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Document ID (ISN)108521
CIS number 08-1072
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Suneja T., Belsito D.V.
Title Occupational dermatoses in health care workers evaluated for suspected allergic contact dermatitis
Bibliographic information May 2008, Vol.58, No.5, p.285-290. 39 ref.
Internet access 08-1072.pdf [in English]
Abstract Occupational skin diseases, including allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) and allergic contact urticaria (ACU), commonly occur among health care workers (HCWs). The objective of this study was to evaluate the aetiology of the various skin diseases afflicting HCWs and to identify the most common allergens among patients found to have ACD and/or ACU. A total of 1434 patients underwent patch testing. The demographic data and most common allergens for 100 HCWs and 1334 non-HCWs were compared. HCWs were statistically more likely to be female, have hand dermatitis, and have a history of atopy. HCWs were also more likely to have work-related ACD especially to quaternium-15, thiuram, carba mix, glutaraldehyde and benzalkonium chloride, and to have ACU to latex. The results confirm the importance of thoroughly evaluating HCWs for ACD and ACU with the use of the expanded standard allergen series and latex.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; health care personnel; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) glutaraldehyde; benzalkonium chloride; USA; latex; aetiology; eczema; statistical evaluation; urticaria; allergy tests; skin tests; sex-linked differences; individual susceptibility; skin eruption
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Skin diseases