Pattern of skin diseases among migrant construction workers in Mangalore

Maria Kuruvila, S. Dubey, P. Gahalaut

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Background: With increasing industrialization, the construction industry provides employment to a large number of skilled and nonskilled workers, many of them migrant workers. Aim: This study was undertaken to provide epidemiological data regarding various dermatoses among migrant construction workers in India as currently there is a paucity of the same. Methods: One thousand construction workers, including 467 migrant laborers, were examined for various dermatoses. Results: Most (88%) workers were males and 51.17% were in their third decade. Infective and noninfective dermatoses were seen in 89.72% and 53.74% of laborers respectively. Among infective dermatoses, fungal infections were the most common (46.25%) ones, followed by bacterial infections (24.83%), scabies (8.56%) and viral infections (6.42%). Contact dermatitis to cement was seen in 12.48% of the laborers. Masons had a significantly higher incidence of contact dermatitis to cement, viral infections and scabies than helpers. Conclusions: The pattern of dermatoses is an expression of poverty, overcrowding and the occupational hazards of the construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-132
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Volume72
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-03-2006

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Skin Diseases
Construction Industry
Scabies
Contact Dermatitis
Virus Diseases
Mycoses
Poverty
Bacterial Infections
India
Incidence

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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In: Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Vol. 72, No. 2, 01.03.2006, p. 129-132.

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