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Year : 1991  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 203

Epilating folliculitis - a possible predisposing factor

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Nanda G K. Epilating folliculitis - a possible predisposing factor. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1991;57:203

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Nanda G K. Epilating folliculitis - a possible predisposing factor. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 1991 [cited 2020 Sep 19];57:203. Available from:

To the Editor,

Epilating folliculitis of the legs has been reported as an occupational dermatosis only in sugar cane harvesters.[1] A field survey among fishermen in Calicut, Kerala revealed an inci­dence of 20.4%[2] which is much higher than that reported in the general population[3],[4] Con­stant wetting of the skin with sea water was considered as an important predisposing factor. Two patients had complete clearance of lesions on taking up their jobs in the middle east[2]' Recently we came across a fishermen with epilating folliculitis who had a complete remis­sion for 3 years inspite of pursuing fishing, in a mechanized boat, in the middle east. The lesions relapsed soon after his return and tak­ing up fishing here.

Complete clearance of his disease while in the middle east inspite of continuing the same job may be due to total lack of contact with sea water. Here people go for fishing in country boats. To get into the boat and to spread the nets they have to wade and swim in the sea. Therefore this supports our earlier contention that wetting with sea water is an important predisposing factor in the initiation and/or perpetuation of epilating folliculitis.

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1.Pardo-Castello V: Dermatology in a tropical rural zone. Arch Dermatol 1956; 74: 115-127.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Nair LV and Nanda Kumar G : Epilating folliculitis in fishermen, Ind J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1990; 56: 402-403.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Clarke GHV: A note on dermatitis cruris pustulosa et atrophicans. Trans Royal Soc Trop Med and Hyg 1952; 46: 558-559.  Back to cited text no. 3    
4.Harman RRM: Dermatitis cruris pustulosa et atrophicans, the Nigerian shin disease, Brit J Dermatol, 1968(a); 80: 97-107.  Back to cited text no. 4    


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