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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 71  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 254--258

Dermatoses among paddy field workers - A descriptive, cross-sectional pilot study


1 Departments of Skin and STD, KMC, Manipal, India
2 Departments of Microbiology, KMC, Manipal, India
3 Departments of Community Medicine, KMC, Manipal, India

Correspondence Address:
Shrutakirthi D Shenoi
Dept of Skin & STD, KMCH Manipal 576 104
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.16617

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BACKGROUND: Paddy farming is one of the main occupations in coastal South India. Dermatological problems in paddy field workers have not received much attention. AIM : The purpose of this study was to study the dermatoses of the exposed parts of the body, viz. face, hands, and feet, in paddy field workers. METHODS: Three hundred and forty-one workers were questioned and clinical findings noted. Scrapings for bacterial and fungal examination were taken by random selection. RESULTS: Seventy-three per cent had work-related itching. Melasma was the commonest facial lesion (41.1%). The main problems on the hands were hyperkeratosis (26.4%), nail dystrophy (15.2%) and paronychia (8.8%). Common feet dermatoses included nail dystrophy (57.1%), pitted keratolysis (42.5%) and fissuring (23.5%). Common aerobic and anaerobic bacteria isolated from pitted keratolysis and intertrigo were Klebsiella and Clostridium species. Aspergillus species were the commonest fungus grown from intertrigo. CONCLUSIONS: Occupational dermatoses are common in paddy field workers.






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