Industrial airborne irritant or allergic contact dermatitis

Contact Dermatitis. 1986 Mar;14(3):137-45. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0536.1986.tb01193.x.


Industrial airborne irritant or allergic contact dermatitis is commonly observed in many factories. Examples of airborne irritants include fibres (such as fibreglass or rockwool), various kinds of dust particles (such as cement, slag, sludge, insulating foam, wood chips), acids and alkalis, gasses and vapours. Airborne contact allergens are unequivocally numerous. The clinical symptoms of both irritant and allergic airborne contact dermatitis are reviewed.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Occupational / adverse effects*
  • Allergens
  • Dermatitis, Contact / diagnosis
  • Dermatitis, Contact / etiology
  • Dermatitis, Contact / pathology
  • Dermatitis, Occupational / chemically induced
  • Dermatitis, Occupational / etiology*
  • Dermatitis, Occupational / pathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dust / adverse effects
  • Glass / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Irritants
  • Skin / pathology


  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Allergens
  • Dust
  • Irritants
  • fiberglass