|Document ID (ISN)||108521|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
|Convention or series no.
||Suneja T., Belsito D.V.
||Occupational dermatoses in health care workers evaluated for suspected allergic contact dermatitis
||May 2008, Vol.58, No.5, p.285-290. 39 ref.
||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.
||allergens; health care personnel; skin diseases
||glutaraldehyde; benzalkonium chloride; USA; latex; aetiology; eczema; statistical evaluation; urticaria; allergy tests; skin tests; sex-linked differences; individual susceptibility; skin eruption
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
||Health care services