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Document ID (ISN)67938
CIS number 96-2182
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kanerva L., Estlander T., Jolanki R.
Title Occupational allergic contact dermatitis from spices
Bibliographic information Sep. 1996, Vol.35, No.3, p.157-162. Illus. 37 ref.
Abstract About 1,000 patients were investigated for occupational skin disease in Finland during 1991-1995. Five of them had occupational allergic contact dermatitis from spices. The patients were chefs or kitchen, coffee room and restaurant workers. All patients had hand dermatitis. The causative spices were garlic, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and clove. The same patients also had allergic patch test reactions to some food, such as tomato, lettuce and carrot. Paprika elicited a weak allergic patch test reaction in two patients. Occupational allergic contact dermatitis from spices is relatively rare, but needs to be taken into consideration in patients who have hand dermatitis and work with spices and food. Patch testing with spices as is is useful, but testing with dilutions in pet. may be needed to confirm that the patch test reactions are allergic. Patients also need to be prick tested with spices and food.
Descriptors (primary) spices; skin allergies; food; sensitization dermatitis
Descriptors (secondary) case study; food industry; skin tests; cooking
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Allergies
Skin diseases