Poultry Processors

  • Margarida GonçaloEmail author
Living reference work entry


Poultry processors are exposed to many physical and biological hazards: infection of skin abrasions by Pyogenic coccus or Erysipelothrix insidiosa (Erysipeloid).

Prurigo-like or scabies-like lesions can develop, mainly in atopics, reacting to Dermatophagoides spp. or Dermanyssus gallinae.

Wet work and glove use favors irritant dermatitis, chronic paronychia, and interdigital web intertrigo aggravated by Candida albicans infection.

Allergic contact dermatitis is due mainly to rubber protection material and disinfectants for the skin and the working surfaces (chlorhexidine, formaldehyde and its releasers, glutaraldehyde).

Skin exposure to the feathers and particularly to the viscera and fluids can cause protein contact dermatitis and contact urticaria.


Allergic contact dermatitis Protein contact dermatitis Wet work Acute prurigo Erysipeloid 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinic of Dermatology, Unit of Skin Allergy, University Hospital and Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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