Occupational contact dermatitis in painters - an analysis of patch test data from the Danish Contact Dermatitis Group

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  • Anja P Mose
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  • Michael Dyrgaard Lundov, Institut for Klinisk Medicin, Denmark
  • Claus Zachariae, Institut for Neuro- og Sansefag, Denmark
  • Torkil Menné
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  • Niels K Veien, Denmark
  • Grete Laurberg
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  • Knud Kaaber
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  • Christian Avnstorp
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  • Klaus E Andersen, Denmark
  • Evy Paulsen, Dermato-Venerologi og Allergicentret, Denmark
  • Charlotte Gotthard Mortz
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  • Mette Sommerlund
  • Anne Grethe Miller Danielsen, Eksamenskontoret, Denmark
  • Jens Thormann
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  • Axel Ove Kristensen, Institut for Elektroniske Systemer, Denmark
  • Berit Kristensen
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  • Claus Bo Andersen, Institut for Procesteknik, Denmark
  • Susanne Vissing
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  • Niels H Nielsen
  • Jeanne Duus Johansen, Institut for Neuro- og Sansefag, Denmark
Background. Painters are among the occupational groups that most commonly experience occupational contact dermatitis, but few investigations exist concerning this occupation. Objectives. To characterize painters with contact dermatitis and identify the most common allergens associated with the occupation. Materials and methods. All patch test results of 219 painters and 1095 matched controls registered by the Danish Contact Dermatitis Group between 2001 and 2010 were analysed. Results. Hand eczema (p <0.0001) and occupational contact dermatitis (p <0.0001) were observed significantly more often in the painters than in the group of controls. Sensitizations to the following allergens from the European baseline series were associated with the occupation and were statistically significant: methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiazolinone, epoxy resin, formaldehyde, and quaternium-15. Three different isothiazolinones emerged as the most frequent sensitizers of the allergens tested in addition to the baseline series. Conclusions. The results indicate that painters have an increased risk of developing occupational hand eczema. Isothiazolinones and epoxy resin proved to be the two most frequent sensitizers in painters.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesContact Dermatitis. Supplement
Pages (from-to)293-297
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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