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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 489627, 3 pages
Case Report

Occupational Protein Contact Dermatitis: Two Case Reports

Department of Dermatology, Braga Hospital, Apartado 2242, 4701-965 Braga, Portugal

Received 6 June 2010; Accepted 3 August 2010

Academic Editor: Ting Fan Leung

Copyright © 2010 Joana Rocha et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Protein contact dermatitis (PCD) is a contact dermatitis caused by high-molecular-weight proteins. This entity has been reported with increasing frequency, most commonly as occupational hand dermatitis in food handlers. Clinically, it is characterized by a chronic and recurrent dermatitis with erythema, scaling, and fissures with acute exacerbations occurring a few minutes after contact with offending allergen. We report two cases in confectioners who presented with chronic hand dermatitis.