oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Contact dermatitis within the explosives industry - a case report : allergies in the workplace

Volume 20 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



. Explosives are widely used, within the armed forces as well as civilian society, but the health effects associated with the explosive manufacturing industry are not well described.

. We present the case of a 48-year-old explosive manufacturing factory operator who developed contact dermatitis to trinitrotoluene as the presumed causative agent and paronychia from prolonged wet work.
. The main health effects of exposure to organic nitrates (including those used in explosives) are dermatitis, methaemoglobinaemia, vasodilation and carcinogenesis.
. It is essential for health care workers to take a detailed occupational history in order to determine the possible contribution of work to a patient's health.

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