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Pesticides: Percutaneous Penetration and Dermatitis.
NIOSH 1979 Jun:97-98
The relationship between percutaneous penetration of pesticides and development of dermatitis is discussed. The author mentions that pesticide induced dermatitis falls into two categories: immunologic, and nonimmunologic. Many of the skin disorders from agricultural chemicals appear to be allergic reactions. All of the pesticides are systemic and register instant microgram levels within the body, even though exposure is topical. Exact predictions of pesticide penetration can now be made and the techniques to determine penetration are quick, efficient, and inexpensive. Basic questions about the efficacy of washing chemicals off the skin before penetration occurs are discussed. The author suggests that government, industry, and academia rank the relative sensitization proclivities for all pesticides, since science now knows how to conduct reliable tests for allergic reactions.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0053; Allergens; Agricultural-chemicals; Pesticide-industry; Epidemiology; Skin-disorders; Skin-exposure; Agricultural-workers; Protective-measures; Skin-protection;
Occupational Safety and Health Symposia 1978, Division of Technical Services, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
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