Occupational Skin Disease

Dr. Paul Demers: Estimating the Number of Canadians Exposed to Workplace Carcinogens: Challenges & Opportunities

St. Michael’s Hospital Occupational Medicine Rounds. 8:00 AM, Room 6-002 (Clarice Chalmers Conference Room), 6th Floor Cardinal Carter Wing, St. Michael’s Hospital. Webcasting: For more information, contact Theresa Hollosi at

Allergic contact dermatitis caused by diclofenac cream.

Lynde CB, Pierscianowski TA, Pratt MD. CMAJ. 2009 Dec 8;181(12):925-6. Epub 2009 Oct 26. PubMed link to article

Repeated mechanical trauma to the hands: the use of anti-impaction gloves for treatment and return to work.

Kwok T, Arrandale V, Skotnicki-Grant S. Dermatitis. 2009 Oct;20(5):278-83. BACKGROUND: Repeated mechanical trauma to the hands can result in frictional hand dermatitis (FHD) and (in some cases) hyperkeratotic hand dermatitis (HHD), forms of irritant contact dermatitis. These conditions ca

The respiratory and cutaneous effects of hard and soft wood exposure

Our goal was to assess the relationships between wood dust exposure and respiratory and skin problems in softwood sawmill workers. 53 workers’ exposures and effects were measured over a work-week. The controls were male workers in other industries, not exposed to significant respiratory hazards.

Re-analysis of workplace datasets to examine co-occurrence of lung and skin symptoms

Four workplace based studies conducted previously were combined and reanalyzed to determine the occurrence of skin and lung symptoms in several populations of workers and determine how common it is to have co-existing lung and skin symptoms. The studies were of embalmer, soda ash workers (ammonia),

Rapid development of allergic contact dermatitis from dicyclohexylmethane-4,4′-diisocyanate.

Donovan JC, Kudla I, DeKoven JG. Dermatitis. 2009 Aug;20(4):214-7. ABSTRACT: Isocyanates are widely used in the manufacturing of rigid and flexible foams, fibers, and coatings such as paints, varnishes, and elastomers but are rarely reported as contact sensitizers. The aliphatic diisocyanate dic

Contact sensitivity to aluminum.

Brodbaker E, Pratt M. J Cutan Med Surg. 2009 Jul-Aug;13(4):226-9. PURPOSE: To report two cases of aluminum contact dermatitis caused by different sources. METHODS: Two patients were patch-tested for suspected contact sensitivities. RESULTS: The results of patch testing revealed aluminum cont

Cutaneous and respiratory symptoms among professional cleaners.

Lynde CB, Obadia M, Liss GM, Ribeiro M, Holness DL, Tarlo SM. Occup Med (Lond). 2009 Jun;59(4):249-54. Epub 2009 May 11. ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Occupational dermatitis is very common and has a large economic impact. Cleaners are at an increased risk for both work-related cutaneous and respi

Chronic actinic dermatitis: clinical cases, diagnostic workup, and therapeutic management.

Beach RA, Pratt MD. J Cutan Med Surg. 2009 May-Jun;13(3):121-8. ABSTRACT: Background:We report four cases of chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD) occurring in middle-aged men with significant outdoor exposure. Objectives: The aim of this report is to show the spectrum of presentations of patients wit

Patch-test results of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group 2005-2006.

Zug KA, Warshaw EM, Fowler JF Jr, Maibach HI, Belsito DL, Pratt MD, Sasseville D, Storrs FJ, Taylor JS, Mathias CG, Deleo VA,Rietschel RL, Marks J. Dermatitis. 2009 May-Jun;20(3):149-60. BACKGROUND: The North American Contact Dermatitis Group (NACDG) tests patients who have suspected