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Document ID (ISN)104915
CIS number 06-381
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Cahill J., Keegel T., Dharmage S., Nugriaty D., Nixon R.
Title Prognosis of contact dermatitis in epoxy resin workers
Bibliographic information Mar. 2005, Vol.52, No.3, p.147-153. 42 ref.
Abstract Among workers who attended an occupational dermatology clinic between 1993 and 2003, 40 were diagnosed with allergic contact dermatitis from epoxy resins. Twenty of these patients were followed up for at least two years post-diagnosis to establish prognosis. Patients completed a telephone questionnaire based on variables considered of importance for prognosis. All patients reported improvement in their skin condition since diagnosis. Twelve of the 20 patients had applied for workers' compensation and all claims were successful. Sixteen had ceased working with epoxy resins. Of these, nine reported complete healing and seven reported ongoing dermatitis. Factors that may be associated with a poor prognosis are age, atopy, duration of symptoms and severity at diagnosis. The prognosis of allergic contact dermatitis from epoxy resins is not always favourable, even if a worker ceases exposure.
Descriptors (primary) epoxy resins; eczema; skin allergies; prognosis
Descriptors (secondary) Australia; symptoms; change of employment; diagnosis; severity rates; skin tests; risk factors; age-linked differences; individual susceptibility; dermatological examinations
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Allergies
Skin diseases