Occupational dermatoses in Beedi rollers

Maria Kuruvila, Sanjay Mukhi, Pramod Kumar, Gatha Rao, K. Sridhar, M. Kotian

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-12
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Volume68
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2002

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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