Common skin disorders seen in the migrant farmworker health care clinic setting

J Agromedicine. 2007;12(4):71-9. doi: 10.1080/10599240801986272.


Background: Skin diseases are common occupational illnesses for farmworkers. Migrant farmworkers commonly access rural health clinics for diagnosis and treatment of skin disease.

Purpose: To assess common skin conditions of migrant farmworkers treated in rural clinics and to describe effective and economic management of these conditions.

Methods: Seventy-nine farmworkers with a skin condition were seen as patients at 4 clinics in eastern North Carolina. A list of the most common conditions encountered was compiled and treatment methods were found in the literature.

Results: Twenty-three common conditions were identified. The most common conditions were contact dermatitis, melasma, tinea, seborrheic keratoses, and impetigo. A table of treatment recommendations was composed that can be used by clinicians in this setting.

Conclusions: Generally, the most common skin conditions seen in the migrant farmworker population in eastern North Carolina are similar to conditions found in the general population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Agricultural Workers' Diseases / classification
  • Agricultural Workers' Diseases / diagnosis
  • Agricultural Workers' Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Agriculture
  • Emigrants and Immigrants
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rural Health
  • Skin Diseases / classification
  • Skin Diseases / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Transients and Migrants / statistics & numerical data*
  • Workforce