The tea collection is
a difficult and laborious task, but few studies have analyzed risks by work
activities or the work environment. To investigate the effects of work
activities and work environment on tea collectors by looking from
dermatological perspective, detailed dermatological examination was performed
on tea collectors and clinical backgrounds of the participants were questioned
and all findings were noted. The participants clinically suspected for skin,
hair and nail infections have been referred to our hospital microbiology
laboratory for sampling. The most common diseases in the participants were allergic
contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis and acute paronychia. These
three diseases accounted for 59.1% of the total diseases in tea collectors. Clinical background story was
unremarkable in the vast majority of participants. The current study draws
attention to this business area and health problems of tea collectors. The
authors think that, use of protective equipment such as masks and gloves during
working and receiving of safety training related to their job will decrease
work-related health problems of tea collectors.
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