Scientific article

Occupational protein contact dermatitis caused by meat and fish

Published inInternational journal of dermatology, vol. 37, no. 5, p. 358-360
Publication date1998

BACKGROUND: Protein contact dermatitis is a form of contact dermatitis possibly triggered by proteinaceous allergens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We report two patients with a history of erythematous and urticarial skin reactions followed by transformation into prolonged papular symptoms upon contact with proteinaceous material. RESULTS: The symptoms reported by the patients were reproducible by skin testing with meat (cow) and fish (salmon). Both patients experienced extracutaneous manifestations after ingestion of meat and fish, as proven by oral challenge. Specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies were detected in the patients' blood. CONCLUSIONS: Both cases meet all major criteria of protein contact dermatitis, suggesting IgE-mediated immediate-type hypersensitivity with late-phase cutaneous reactions.

  • Adult
  • Dermatitis, Allergic Contact/*etiology/immunology
  • Dermatitis, Occupational/*etiology/immunology
  • Dietary Proteins/*adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin E/blood
  • Male
  • Meat/*adverse effects
  • Occupational Exposure/*adverse effects
  • Skin Tests
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
BOEHNCKE, Wolf-Henning et al. Occupational protein contact dermatitis caused by meat and fish. In: International journal of dermatology, 1998, vol. 37, n° 5, p. 358–360.
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