Occupational allergic contact dermatitis: a 24-year, retrospective cohort study from Turkey.

Özkaya E., Aslan M. S. E.

Contact dermatitis, vol.85, pp.503-513, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 85
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/cod.13938
  • Journal Name: Contact dermatitis
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.503-513
  • Keywords: airborne eczema, allergic contact dermatitis, biocides, construction worker, epidemiology, hairdresser, metals, occupational, patch test, rubber chemicals, HEALTH-CARE WORKERS, CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, FEMALE HAIRDRESSERS, CHROMIUM ALLERGY, SKIN-DISEASE, CEMENT, PREVALENCE, EXPERIENCE, EXPOSURE, CHROMATE
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Background Limited data exist on occupational allergic contact dermatitis (OACD) in Turkey. Objectives To investigate the epidemiologic profile of OACD in Turkey. Methods A retrospective cohort study on 294 patients with OACD among 2801 consecutively patch-tested patients in the Allergy Unit of the Dermatology Department of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine between 1996 and 2019. Results The overall prevalence of OACD was 10.5%, showing a male predominance. OACD was most frequently seen in construction workers (45.2%), followed by hairdressers, metalworkers, health care workers, and miscellaneous. The main relevant allergens were chromium in cement, thiurams in rubber gloves, hairdressing chemicals, resins/glues/plastics, metals, isothiazolinones, and fragrances. Hands were the mainly involved site (95.6%). Airborne eczema was observed in 21.4%. Hand and foot eczema and co-sensitizations to chrome and thiuram and chrome and cobalt were significantly associated with being a construction worker. Sensitizations to isothiazolinones in house painters, ammonium persulfate and p-phenylenediamine in hairdressers, and colophonium increased after 2010. Conclusion This was the largest group of data on OACD from Turkey, reflecting the importance of rubber glove allergy in all occupations and the striking increase in ammonium persulfate allergy among hairdressers. Chrome and cobalt were still the main cement allergens in Turkey, where the cement directive is not yet in force.