oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Pesticides and dermatoses : allergies in the workplace

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



South Africa is one of the major users of pesticides in Sub-Saharan Africa. With skin being the major route of exposure to pesticides, it is important for health care workers to be aware of the spectrum of dermatoses that can be caused by these agents. Pesticides may act as irritants and/or allergens to the skin causing dermatoses including contact dermatitis, erythema multiforme, chloracne and ashy dermatosis. An increased risk of skin cancer has been noted among professional pesticide sprayers. While farmers should be made aware of viable alternatives and low-cost forms of pest control for agricultural production, it is vital that clinicians keep occupational exposures in mind when a patient presents with dematoses.

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