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Document ID (ISN)67939
CIS number 96-2183
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lear J.T., Heagerty A.H.M., Tan B.B., Smith A.G., English J.S.C.
Title Transient re-emergence of oil of turpentine allergy in the pottery industry
Bibliographic information Sep. 1996, Vol.35, No.3, p.169-172. 16 ref.
Abstract Allergy to oil of turpentine has diminished largely due to the use of cheaper substitutes in many occupations. This study reports 24 cases of hand dermatitis in pottery workers involved in ceramic decoration, namely paintresses, liners, gilders, enamellers and a fine china painter, seen in a 6-month period following a change from Portuguese to Indonesian turpentine, of whom 14 were sensitive to Indonesian turpentine, eight to α-pinene, four to delta-3-carene and two to turpentine peroxides. Turpentine allergy continues to be a problem in the pottery industry and is more common than allergy to the heavy metals of the colours used in ceramic decoration. Reversion to Portuguese turpentine seems to have alleviated the problem.
Descriptors (primary) turpentine; pottery industry; skin allergies
Descriptors (secondary) case study; delta-3-carene; sensitizers; alpha-pinene
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Glass, pottery and related materials