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August 1956

Sensitization Dermatitis to Carrots: Report of Cross-Sensitization Phenomenon and Remarks on Phytophotodermatitis

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia; Camden, N. J.

AMA Arch Derm. 1956;74(2):149-158. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550080035006

In our experiences with employees processing a variety of vegetables, carrots are outstanding as a cause of sensitization dermatitis. The cutaneous allergenicity of carrots is not apparent from the meager number of reports in the literature. As later discussed, this capability is to be suspected since carrots belong to the Umbelliferae family, of which many members are dermatitis-producing.

Peck, Spolyar, and Mason1 reported 17 women, employees in a canning factory, whose dermatitis of the hands was attributed to carrots. These authors pertinently state that although dermatitis in persons engaged in canning and processing fruits and vegetables had been reported in the American literature, there had been no published reports of dermatitis due to the domestic carrot in the United States. The only report they quote is that of Vickers,2 who reported seven women with dermatitis from carrots in a canning factory in

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