Which occupations are at highest risk of plant dermatoses from essential oils?

Updated: Jun 10, 2021
  • Author: Glen H Crawford, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Essential oils are aromatic substances extracted from flowers, plants, and wood resins by a variety of methods such as distillation or maceration. Allergic contact dermatitis from essential oils has been documented in several occupational subgroups, including bar workers, citrus fruit pickers, hairdressers, beauticians, aromatherapists, and massage therapists. [25] The most commonly cited specific oils include tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), lavender, jasmine, rosewood, lemon oils, orange oils (including oil of bergamot), citronella, cassia oil, ylang-ylang oil, and clove oil.

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