Dermatitis, Occupational

Publication Title: 
The Australasian Journal of Dermatology

Allergic contact dermatitis from the topical use of essential oils is not widely recognized as an occupational hazard. Four cases of allergic contact dermatitis to essential oils occurring in three aromatherapists and one chemist with a particular interest in aromatherapy are described. All presented with predominantly hand dermatitis and demonstrated sensitization to multiple essential oils. One patient developed a recurrence of cutaneous symptoms following ingestion of lemongrass tea.

Author(s): 
Bleasel, Narelle
Tate, Bruce
Rademaker, Marius
Publication Title: 
Contact Dermatitis

Essential or fragrant oils are volatile odourous mixtures of organic chemical compounds that are widely used in aromatherapy and in the perfume industry. Because of their frequent use, allergy to essential oils is being increasingly recognized. We report 2 cases of multiple allergies to essential oils in professional aromatherapists. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry was used to analyse the oils in order to identify a common allergen responsible for the contact dermatitis.

Author(s): 
Dharmagunawardena, B.
Takwale, A.
Sanders, K. J.
Cannan, S.
Rodger, A.
Ilchyshyn, A.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Dermatology

OBJECTIVES: To determine the 12-month prevalence of hand dermatitis among massage therapists, to investigate a potential association between hand dermatitis and the use of aromatherapy products, and to study potential associations with other known risk factors for hand dermatitis. DESIGN: Mailed survey. SETTING: Philadelphia, Pa. PARTICIPANTS: Members of a national massage therapy organization who live in the greater Philadelphia region. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Self-reported and symptom-based prevalences of hand dermatitis. RESULTS: The number of respondents was 350 (57%).

Author(s): 
Crawford, Glen H.
Katz, Kenneth A.
Ellis, Elliot
James, William D.
Publication Title: 
Dermatitis: Contact, Atopic, Occupational, Drug

Lavender is a commonly used product in personal and household care items as well as for aromatherapy. It is increasing in popularity as a fragrance. Additionally, multiple recent publications attest to its antimicrobial activity. Whereas lavender has been associated with irritant dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, and photodermatitis, it is anticipated that with increasing exposure, more patients will experience these complications. Most cases of allergic contact dermatitis have been reported as being due to occupational exposures through massage and aromatherapy.

Author(s): 
Wu, Peggy A.
James, William D.
Publication Title: 
Gigiena Truda I Professional'nye Zabolevaniia

The article presents data on the treatment of dust induced diseases of the lungs, occupational bronchial pathology, lead poisoning, allergic skin diseases, occupational hypoacusis and occupational NS disorders. The treatment techniques included relatively new therapies of which non-medicinal techniques were preferred, such as needle therapy, entherosorption, phytotherapy, manual therapy, vacuum massage, etc.

Author(s): 
Pankova, V. B.
Ozhiganova, V. N.
Tarasova, L. A.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Dermatology

OBJECTIVES: To determine the 12-month prevalence of hand dermatitis among massage therapists, to investigate a potential association between hand dermatitis and the use of aromatherapy products, and to study potential associations with other known risk factors for hand dermatitis. DESIGN: Mailed survey. SETTING: Philadelphia, Pa. PARTICIPANTS: Members of a national massage therapy organization who live in the greater Philadelphia region. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Self-reported and symptom-based prevalences of hand dermatitis. RESULTS: The number of respondents was 350 (57%).

Author(s): 
Crawford, Glen H.
Katz, Kenneth A.
Ellis, Elliot
James, William D.
Publication Title: 
Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology

OBJECTIVE: To review immunologic contact urticaria (ICU) in the occupational and environmental context, and describe its continued relevance in light of the ever-increasing onslaught of new chemicals and products, as well as new technology placing novel interactions, such as nanoparticles, within reach of the population at home and work. METHODS: Publications were searched via PubMed, using key words: Occupational, immunologic, contact urticaria, nanoparticle.

Author(s): 
Wang, Christina Y.
Maibach, Howard I.
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