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December 1992

Allergic Contact Dermatitis to White Pine Sawdust

Author Affiliations

Division of Dermatology The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Hershey, PA 17033

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(12):1660. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.04530010096029

To the Editor.  —The incidence of irritant and allergic contact dermatitis from wood is small; however, it effects workers in occupations such as foresters, carpenters, boat builders, and cabinetmakers. The clinical picture of contact dermatitis to sawdust usually begins in the exposed areas of the arms, face, and neck, with later involvement of the sweaty intertriginous regions of the axillae and groin.The purpose of this communication is to describe a cabinetmaker who developed allergic contact dermatitis of the face, neck, and hands from white pine sawdust. The Western white pine, Pinus monticola, is one of our most valuable timber trees.1 It grows in British Columbia, the Pacific states, and eastward to Idaho and Montana. The soft, lightweight wood of white pine warps and checks less than most timbers and has various uses. It is in demand for general construction work, interior finish, cabinetmaking, and pattern making. It is also

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