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Contact reactions to food.
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PMID:  18589839     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cutaneous adverse reactions to foods, spices, and food additives can occur both in occupational and nonoccupational settings in those who grow, handle, prepare, or cook food. Because spices are also utilized in cosmetics and perfumes, other exposures are encountered that can result in adverse cutaneous reactions. This article describes the reaction patterns that can occur upon contact with foods, including irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. The ingestion of culprit foods by sensitized individuals can provoke a generalized eczematous rash, referred to as systemic contact dermatitis. Other contact reactions to food include contact urticaria and protein contact dermatitis provoked by high-molecular-weight food proteins often encountered in patients with atopic dermatitis. Phototoxic and photoallergic contact dermatitis are also considered.
Claudia Killig; Thomas Werfel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current allergy and asthma reports     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1529-7322     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Allergy Asthma Rep     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-30     Completed Date:  2008-07-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101096440     Medline TA:  Curr Allergy Asthma Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  209-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Dermatitis, Allergic Contact / etiology
Dermatitis, Contact / etiology*
Dermatitis, Irritant / etiology
Dermatitis, Occupational / etiology
Dermatitis, Phototoxic / etiology
Food Handling
Food Hypersensitivity / etiology*
Urticaria / etiology

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