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Contact dermatitis in alstroemeria workers


Van der Mei, IAF and de Boer, EM and Bruynzeel, DP, Contact dermatitis in alstroemeria workers, Occupational Medicine, 48, (6) pp. 397-404. ISSN 0962-7480 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1093/occmed/48.6.397


Hand dermatitis is common in workers in the horticultural industry. This study determined the prevalence of hand dermatitis in workers of Alstroemeria cultivation, investigated how many workers had been sensitized by tulipalin A (the allergen in Alstroemeria) and took stock of a wide range of determinants of hand dermatitis. The 12-month period prevalence of major hand dermatitis amounted to 29.5% whereas 7.4% had minor dermatitis. Of these workers, 52.1% were sensitized for tulipalin A. Several personal and work-related determinants played a role in the multifactorial aetiology of hand dermatitis. Factors which showed a significant relationship with major hand dermatitis were: female sex, atopic dermatitis, chapped hands and the frequency of washing hands. It may be concluded that the Alstroemeria workers are a population at risk of developing contact dermatitis and it might be useful to carry out an educational campaign to lower the high prevalence.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Preventive medicine
UTAS Author:Van der Mei, IAF (Professor Ingrid van der Mei)
ID Code:35478
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Menzies Centre
Deposited On:2005-08-15
Last Modified:2005-08-15

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