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June 1968

Corn Dermatitis

Author Affiliations

Salt Lake City

From the National Center for Urban and Industrial Health, Bureau of Disease Prevention and Environmental Control, US Public Health Service. Dr. Seligman was with the Occupational Health Program, Salt Lake City and Dr. Key is with the Occupational Medicine and Dermatology Program, Cincinnati. Dr. Seligman is currently with the Alhambra Medical Clinic, Alhambra, Calif.

Arch Dermatol. 1968;97(6):664-666. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610120054007

A survey of 11 corn processing plants in two states indicated an occupational dermatitis rate of from 3% to 7% in the employees on the processing lines. The lesions observed were of the contact dermatitis variety, which is no different from the dermatitis seen in other food processing industries.

Twenty-five unexposed controls, 15 corn-processing workers with a dermatitis and four corn-processing employees without dermatitis were patch tested to the components of corn. All test sites were negative at both the 48-hour and 72-hour readings.

It was concluded from the study that corn dermatitis was not due to an allergic hypersensitivity, but possibly was caused by a low-grade irritant.