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Contact dermatitis in alstroemeria workers
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 16:53 authored by Ingrid van der MeiIngrid van der Mei, de Boer, EM, Bruynzeel, DP
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.
Publication titleOccupational Medicine
Department/SchoolMenzies Institute for Medical Research
PublisherLippincott Williams and Wilkins
Place of publicationunited Kingdom