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Urticarial contact dermatitis in food handlers.
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PMID:  1857314     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To show that prick testing (using fresh samples of the food suspected from the patient's history) and not only patch testing is the appropriate investigation in selected cases of hand dermatitis in patients who spend considerable time handling foods (for example, catering workers, cooks). SETTING: The Contact and Occupational Dermatitis Clinic at the Skin and Cancer Foundation, a tertiary referral centre in Sydney. PATIENTS: Fourteen patients with hand dermatitis present for an average of 6.17 years referred by dermatologists and occupational health physicians. INTERVENTIONS: Patch and prick tests were performed for each patient. RESULT: In all patients prick tests identified the food allergens. Seafood was the most common allergen giving positive results in 10 patients. Patch tests did not identify any of the food allergens. Of the 14 patients nine were followed up and seven of these had been forced to change their career direction. CONCLUSION: Prick testing is the appropriate investigation in selected cases for the diagnosis of urticarial contact dermatitis in food handlers.
S Freeman; R H Rosen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  155     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  1991 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-08-26     Completed Date:  1991-08-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  91-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Skin and Cancer Foundation, Darlinghurst, NSW.
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MeSH Terms
Dermatitis, Contact / immunology*,  therapy
Food Handling*
Food Hypersensitivity / immunology*
Hand Dermatoses / immunology*,  therapy
Middle Aged
Skin Tests / methods
Urticaria / immunology*,  therapy

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