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

Shrutakirthi D. Shenoi, Suraj V. Davis, Sugandhi Rao, Girija Rao, Sreekumaran Nair

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-258
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Volume71
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2005

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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