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September 1966

Prevention of Dermatitis in the Printing and Lithographing Industries

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From the Section of Industrial Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1966;94(3):307-309. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600270057011

Protection against irritant dermatitis was instituted in 11 plants. Twelve workers with irritant dermatitis used the preventive techniques; all showed control of the dryness and fissuring of their hands as long as they followed the hydration regimen. The workers were examined at their plants at biweekly intervals for six months.

A preventive regimen with 10% ascorbic acid was instituted in five separate plants. Each plant had one chromate-sensitive worker.

Three chromate-sensitive workers became symptom free; they stayed well as long as they continued the preventive routine. Two chromate-sensitive workers showed definite improvement in their hand eruptions without complete disappearance of the lesions; in one of the two there was a marked recurrence of dermatitis when the preventive regimen was interrupted.

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