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Document ID (ISN)100804
CIS number 02-1826
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Anliker M.D., Borelli S., WŘthrich B.
Title Occupational protein contact dermatitis from spices in a butcher: A new presentation of the mugwort-spice syndrome
Bibliographic information Feb. 2002, Vol.46, No.2, p.72-74. Illus. 15 ref.
Abstract In addition to well-known contact dermatitis due to exposure to meat, spices are also a source of potential contact allergy among butchers. A case of contact dermatitis due to spice mix in a 39-year-old butcher is presented. The patient underwent skin prick testing (SPT) with standard allergens and different meat and spice extracts, and scratch-patch testing with spice mix containing glutamate, paprika and other spices. Specific serum-IgE was measured. SPT only showed an immediate-type sensitization to mugwort, as well as different spices and camomile. Scratch-patch tests were negative for different meats, but strongly positive for spice mix after 30min (wheal and flare) and after 48h (infiltration and vesiculation). The tests demonstrate an IgE-mediated contact allergy to spices but also a delayed type allergy to spice mix as a manifestation of the mugwort-spice syndrome in this individual. When testing for occupational dermatitis in butchers, protein contact allergy to spices must also be taken into consideration.
Descriptors (primary) spices; meat industry; dermatitis; allergens
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; sensitization dermatitis; immunoglobulins; Switzerland; case study; determination in blood; skin eruption; urticaria; allergy tests; skin tests; eczema
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSwitzerland
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Food industry
Skin diseases