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Document ID (ISN)65729
CIS number 95-2129
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hafner J., Rüegger M., Kralicek P., Elsner P.
Title Airborne irritant contact dermatitis from metal dust adhering to semisynthetic working suits
Bibliographic information May 1995, Vol.32, No.5, p.285-288. Illus. 6 ref.
Abstract Two workers at an aircraft factory were employed in a plasma spraying unit. Soon after they were equipped with new semisynthetic working suits, they started to complain of pruritic eruptions following heavy exposure to metal dust. Clinical findings consisted of discrete macular and papular lesions on the ventral and medial thighs. Atopy score, IgE level and a standard series of prick tests ruled out atopic disposition. Patch tests revealed no reactions. A diagnosis of occupational airborne irritant contact dermatitis from metal dust was therefore made. To elucidate the role of the working suit, extensive physical investigations of the physical properties of the textile were performed. Microscopic pictures at low magnification showed more dust particles on the semisynthetic working suit, compared with the former pure cotton suit. When use of the semisynthetic overall was discontinued, the patients reported no recurrence. The two reported cases show that the physical properties of the textiles of working suits can be of interest and should be considered in the management of dust-induced irritant contact dermatitis.
Descriptors (primary) airborne dust; work clothing; eczema; mineral dust
Descriptors (secondary) aircraft industry; plasma spray coating
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSwitzerland
Subject(s) Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Protective clothing
Skin diseases