oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Contact dermatitis caused by synthetic glue : allergies in the workplace

Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Glue is an adhesive substance that binds together the surfaces of the material to which it is applied. Glues may be found naturally or are produced synthetically. Glues are common contact allergens because of their widespread use as bonding agents, both in the occupational environment and at home. Exposure to glue can lead to allergic or irritant contact dermatitis, allergic rhinitis and asthma. A thorough history, clinical examination, workplace, home and hobbies evaluation, supported by patch testing where appropriate, using commercial allergens and own allergens including workplace-specific allergens, are of paramount importance in identifying the cause of contact dermatitis.

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