Protein contact dermatitis in food handlers

A. Tosti, L. Guerra

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The term 'occupational protein contact dermatitis' was coined in 1976 by Hjorth & Roed-Petersen for a distinctive dermatitis characterized by an immediate wheal and flare reaction on chronically-inflamed skin, occurring 20-30 min after contact with foods. Numerous cases have since been reported, mostly from Scandinavia, showing that preparing food caries a high risk, especially for atopics. We report 11 further cases, 8 in professional food handlers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-150
Number of pages2
JournalContact dermatitis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Dermatology


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