Repeated Hand Urticaria Due to Contact With Fishfood

Scand J Work Environ Health. 1999 Apr;25(2):151-2. doi: 10.5271/sjweh.418.

Abstract

Background: The etiology of urticaria is often difficult to determine. However, in case of repeated circumstance-connected urticaria, the reason may be easily clarifyable.

Case: A 51-year-old healthy woman repeatedly experienced occupational hand urticaria when handling fish food. An unexpected reason for the urticaria was found in that the fishfood contained histamine as a "contaminant".

Conclusions: In fishfood batches, biological degradation can produce histamine and possibly other toxic substances that can lead to occupational health problems.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biodegradation, Environmental
  • Brachyura
  • Dermatitis, Occupational / diagnosis
  • Dermatitis, Occupational / etiology*
  • Dermatitis, Occupational / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Fish Products / analysis*
  • Food Contamination / analysis*
  • Gloves, Protective
  • Hand Dermatoses / chemically induced*
  • Hand Dermatoses / diagnosis
  • Hand Dermatoses / prevention & control
  • Histamine / adverse effects*
  • Histamine Release
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Radioallergosorbent Test
  • Skin Tests
  • Urticaria / chemically induced*
  • Urticaria / diagnosis
  • Urticaria / prevention & control

Substances

  • Histamine