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Occupational skin disease in Singapore: epidemiology & causative agents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2961303     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Of 557 patients with occupational dermatoses seen at the Middle Road Hospital, Singapore, 55.7% (310) were irritant contact dermatitis, 38.6% (215) were allergic contact dermatitis and 5.7% (32) were non contact dermatitis. More than half of the patients were below 30 years old and most were from the construction (29.5%), metal/engineering (20.6%), electrical/electronic (16.4%), transport (5.5%) and food catering (3.8%) industries. Common occupational irritants included coolants, oils, cement, solvents, detergents and soldering flux. Chromates in cement was the most common occupational allergen. Other occupational allergens included rubber chemicals from rubber apparels. Thiurammix followed by carba-mix, and PPD-mix were common rubber allergens. Resins including epoxy, acrylate and paratertiary butyl phenol resins and other metals (nickel and cobalt) were less common occupational allergens. 5 workers had contact urticaria to proteinaceous food. Non dermatitic occupational dermatoses included fibreglass dermatoses, miliaria and oil folliculitis.
C L Goh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0304-4602     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Acad. Med. Singap.     Publication Date:  1987 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-01-19     Completed Date:  1988-01-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503289     Medline TA:  Ann Acad Med Singapore     Country:  SINGAPORE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  303-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Middle Road Hospital, Singapore.
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MeSH Terms
Construction Materials / adverse effects
Dermatitis, Occupational / chemically induced,  epidemiology*
Middle Aged
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Allergens; 0/Irritants

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