Journal article

Occupational skin disease in Victoria, Australia

Jennifer L Cahill, Jason D Williams, Melanie C Matheson, Amanda M Palmer, John A Burgess, Shyamali C Dharmage, Rosemary L Nixon

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics of patients with occupational skin disease (OSD) in a tertiary referral clinic in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of records from patients seen at the Occupational Dermatology Clinic in Melbourne, Australia between 1 January 1993 and 31 December 2010. RESULTS: Of the 2894 people assessed in the clinic during the 18-year period, 44% were women and 56% were men. In all, 2177 (75%) were diagnosed with occupational skin disease (OSD). Of the patients with a work-related skin condition, 45% (n = 979) were considered to be atopic. The most common diagnosis in those with OSD was irritant contact dermatitis (ICD) (44%), f..

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