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Fiberglass dermatitis: a case report.
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PMID:  8774119     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Glass fibers are the most widely distributed mineral fibers because of their multiple applications, chiefly as insulation materials, and have become important in replacing asbestos fibers. Fiberglass dermatitis is one of the most common forms of occupational dermatitis resulting from mechanical irritation. Here we report a typical case. A 30-year-old male worker handled the cutting and grinding of fiberglass mats and then mixed them with resin as reinforcing materials. He complained of intense itching after the first two weeks of employment. Erythematous macules, papules and folliculitis with excoriation developed over his arms, neck, face and upper chest. There were many transparent glass fiber spicules with the diameter around 7-10 microns detected by applying the adhesive tape against the skin lesion, followed by microscopic observation. He was much improved during hospitalization with oral antihistamine and topical steroid ointment. To prevent this occupational disease, we suggest proper procedures of production, storage, transportation and cleaning in the industrial setting and proper protective clothing in personnel to minimize the release of and exposure to glass fibers.
C H Chang; C M Wang; C K Ho; W B Su; H S Yu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Kaohsiung journal of medical sciences     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1607-551X     ISO Abbreviation:  Kaohsiung J. Med. Sci.     Publication Date:  1996 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-03     Completed Date:  1996-10-03     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100960562     Medline TA:  Kaohsiung J Med Sci     Country:  TAIWAN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  491-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Kaohsiung Medical College, Taiwan, Republic of China.
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MeSH Terms
Dermatitis, Occupational / etiology*,  prevention & control
Occupational Exposure*
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