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1/2. Occupational irritant contact dermatitis and fungal infection in construction workers.

    We have examined 6 construction workers who developed chronic skin diseases on their hands over a period of 15 years (1970-1985). 4 developed a trichophyton rubrum infection, and the other 2 an irritant contact dermatitis. All of them carried out jobs which caused traumatization of the skin, due to the presence of ethylene glycol and mineral oils during operation of pneumatic hammers in winter. They also suffered other types of skin trauma during their work. Construction workers may be at risk of developing an occupational skin disease involving fungal infection.
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2/2. Occupational dermatoses in cheese makers: frequent association of irritant, allergic and protein contact dermatitis.

    BACKGROUND: Few data are available on occupational dermatoses in cheese makers. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to investigate occupationally related skin diseases in cheese makers. METHOD: In a retrospective study we analyzed 400 patients with occupational dermatoses which presented for expert opinion evaluation at our institution (1990-1995). RESULTS: Four patients with hand eczema acquired in cheese dairies were identified. All patients had a decreased alkali resistance. Atopy was a further risk factor in 2 patients. Three out of 4 patients were patch test positive for occupationally related substances and demonstrated also immediate skin test reactions to various milk products. Therefore, these patients had concurrent allergic contact and protein contact dermatitis. CONCLUSION: The diagnosis of concurrent allergic and protein contact dermatitis has to be considered in occupational dermatoses related to cheese making.
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