|Document ID (ISN)||67935|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
|Convention or series no.
||Riordan A.T., Nahass G.T.
||Occupational vitiligo following allergic contact dermatitis
||May 1996, Vol.34, No.5, p.371-372. Illus. 9 ref.
||Occupational leukoderma may be clinically indistinguishable from idiopathic vitiligo. The case of a 40-year old fire fighter is reported. He had a previous history of localized vitiligo and thiuram contact sensitivity, and developed dermatitis due to contact with fire-fighting gear. Widespread depigmentation developed in areas affected by the dermatitis, suggesting that the progression of his vitiligo was precipitated by allergic contact dermatitis. This contrasts with previous reports of repigmentation in patients with vitiligo after allergic contact dermatitis. It is possible that the heat and sweat of fire-fighting released chemical depigmenting agents from protective clothing, initiating both the dermatitis and its progression to vitiligo. The lack of reaction to protective clothing on patch testing suggests that these materials were biologically unavailable under normal conditions.
||sensitization dermatitis; leukoderma; fire services
||fire fighting; case study; protective clothing
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces