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Document ID (ISN)61266
CIS number 93-1881
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Meding B., TorÚn K., Karlberg A.T., Hagberg S., Wass K.
Title Evaluation of skin symptoms among workers at a Swedish paper mill
Bibliographic information May 1993, Vol.23, No.5, p.721-728. 19 ref.
Abstract Process and office workers at a Swedish paper mill (n=274) and dairy workers (controls, n=45) were investigated with questionnaires regarding skin symptoms. In the second part of the study, subjects reporting skin symptoms and a random sample of subjects without symptoms were examined and investigated with patch testing. Pruritus and skin irritation probably related to exposure to dust were found. The results do not indicate an increased prevalence of contact allergy. In two cases, positive patch test reactions to paper size (rosin) and a slimicide, mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT), were noted.
Descriptors (primary) benzothiazolethiol; natural resins; pulp and paper industry; symptoms; skin allergies; colophony
Descriptors (secondary) Sweden; itch; comparative study; dermatological effects; dairy industry; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Heterocyclic compounds
Paper and paper products industry
Allergies