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Document ID (ISN)105376
CIS number 06-819
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jungbauer F.H.W., Lensen G.J., Groothoff J.W., Coenraads P.J.
Title Skin diseases in paper mill workers
Bibliographic information Mar. 2005, Vol.55, No.2, p.109-112. Illus. 15 ref.
Abstract This cross-sectional study investigated the extent of skin problems in a paper mill and the proportion attributable to contact with allergens. It involved 80 paper mill workers with daily exposure to skin irritants and allergens. They completed a questionnaire and underwent a standard interview and a physical examination. Skin tests were conducted on workers whose history indicated possible contact allergy. Workers reported a high exposure to skin irritants, especially when carrying out tasks that caused the perspiration of hands and feet and contact with water. Atopic dermatitis was seen in 3% of the workers. Contact dermatitis was seen in 26% of the workers and 36% were diagnosed with mycosis of the feet. All cases of contact dermatitis and mycosis could be attributed to occupational exposure to skin irritants. No cases of contact allergy were observed.
Descriptors (primary) irritants; pulp and paper industry; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; subjective assessment; skin wetness; dermatomycoses; individual susceptibility; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; skin tests; eczema
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNetherlands
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Paper and paper products industry
Skin diseases