oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Chronic occupational contact urticaria in a food handler - allergies in the workplace

Volume 32 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



As the second most common occupational skin disease after contact dermatitis, contact urticaria is a significant skin condition. The prevalence varies according to gender, age, history of atopy, pre-existing dermatoses, occupation, and workplace exposures. Health workers, food handlers and hairdressers are high-risk occupational groups. In the food industry, multiple foods, additives (including flavourings, preservatives and enzymes) and spices may induce immediate skin reactions and IgE-mediated sensitisation. This article discusses a case of occupational contact urticaria in a food handler working in the butchery and fishery of a local supermarket chain.

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