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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10--12

Occupational dermatoses in Beedi rollers


1 Department of Dermatology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore-575 001, India
2 Department of PSM, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore-575 001, India

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Maria Kuruvila
Department of Skin & STD, KMC Attavar Hospital, Mangalore
India
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A total of 91 beedi workers were analyzed for the pattern of cutaneous lesions. Period of rolling beedi ranged from 2 months to 40 years. Dermatological findings included; callosities seen in 51 (56.04%) of workers on fingers and feet, nail changes in 22 (24.18%) like pigmentation, paronychia, dystrophy which were more prominent on the right index finger, fungal infections in 15 and eczemas in 29. Callosities and localised nail changes can be considered to be occupational marks in beedi rollers correlated to use of scissors for cutting leaves and use of gum and artificial metallic nails for rolling beedis.






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