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Document ID (ISN)66846
CIS number 96-1083
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Galindo P.A., Melero R., García R., Feo F., Gómez E., Fernández F.
Title Contact urticaria from chironomids
Bibliographic information Apr. 1996, Vol.34, No.4, p.297. 5 ref.
Abstract A 35-year-old man, with a previous history of propifenazone allergy, worked in a chemist's (drugstore), but as a hobby, kept fish in an aquarium at home. He fed these fish with dried Chironomus plumosus and frozen Chironomus spp red midge larvae. He gave a six-year history of contact urticaria 15min after handling such fish food: conjunctivitis and eyelid oedema could also occur. The urticaria resolved spontaneously in 1-2h and from then on he handled the frozen chironomus spp with latex gloves without any problems. Specific IgE for Chironomus thummi was strongly positive at 56.1kU/L; total IgE was normal (86.5kU/L). There were strong positive reactions to prick tests with both frozen and dried Chrionomus extracts. No such positive reactions were obtained in 10 healthy and 10 atopic subjects, although a rub test with both kinds of fish food showed local urticaria after 15min. This is the second known case of Chironomus allergy to be reported from Spain.
Descriptors (primary) non-occupational factors; urticaria; skin allergies; insects
Descriptors (secondary) case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Animal hazards
Allergies