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Document ID (ISN)101831
CIS number 03-674
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Meding B., Wrangsjö K., Brisman J., Järvholm B.
Title Hand eczema in 45 bakers - A clinical study
Bibliographic information Jan. 2003, Vol.48, No.1, p.7-11. 20 ref.
Abstract The skin of bakers is heavily exposed to dough, spices, water and detergents. Previous studies showed bakers to have a high risk of hand eczema. Among the approximately 21% of bakers reporting hand eczema in a questionnaire survey, a random sample of 60 was selected, of whom 52 attended an examination comprising a standardized interview, documentation of clinical skin signs, patch and prick testing with standard and bakery series, and serum analyses. 45 participants confirmed a history of hand eczema, for which 11 had been on sick leave, with a median duration of 14 weeks. 13 subjects had changed their occupation due to skin disease, 19 had positive patch test reactions to standard contact allergens and five to bakery contact allergens. 16 bakers had positive prick tests to standard allergens, 10 to bakery allergens, of whom nine reacted to flours.
Descriptors (primary) bakery products industry; allergens; occupational diseases; hand; skin diseases; eczema; flour
Descriptors (secondary) immunoglobulins; Sweden; anamnesis; sickness absenteeism; inhalation; medical examinations; change of employment; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; skin tests; determination in blood; skin allergies
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Food industry
Skin diseases