What is the prevalence of occupational plant dermatoses among florists?

Updated: Nov 19, 2018
  • Author: Glen H Crawford, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Hand dermatitis in florists varies with exposure. In some studies, annual and lifetime prevalences approach 25-30% and 50%, respectively. Daffodil itch (a chemical irritant dermatitis) is probably the most common dermatitis in florists. This condition is caused by the handling of stems and bulbs containing calcium oxalate. Because florists' hands are often wet, primary irritant reactions may lead to allergic sensitization over time. The most common allergic sensitizers appear to be SQLs, tulipalin A, and primin.


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