Abstract DERMATITIS venenata in its relation to the plant world comprises more than is fully appreciated unless one especially studies the subject. The plant world consists of weeds,1 flowers, vegetables, fruits, and trees. All trees have a potential irritant in the bark, freshly cut wood, dried wood, sawdust, leaves,2 or other parts. Most of the recent literature on dermatoses due to woods3 emphasizes the importance of exotic or foreign woods, with less mention of native woods as a cause of allergic dermatitis. Recently a wood worker was disabled seven months with a generalized dermatitis venenata simulating lymphoblastoma. His trouble throughout was attributed to sawdust, but the usual tests and investigations failed to establish this causal relationship. He recovered, but resuming work with sawdust reproduced the dermatosis. This recurrence as well as the results of tests confirmed the etiologic diagnosis of dermatitis venenata due to sawdust derived References 1. Shelmire, B.: Contact Dermatitis from Weeds: Patch Testing with Their Oleoresins , J. A. M. A. 113:1085, 1939.Crossref 2. Genner, V., and Bonnevie, P.: Eczematous Eruptions Produced By Leaves of Trees and Bushes , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 37:583, 1938. 3. Senear, F. E.: Dermatitis Due To Woods , J. A. M. A. 101:1527, 1933. 4. Record, S., Jr., and Hess, R. W.: Timbers of The New World , Yale University Press, 1949. 5. Smith, L. M.: Dermatitis Caused by Creosote Bush , J. Allergy 8:187-188, 1937. 6. Fox, E. C.: Mesquite Wood Dermatitis , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 44:1098, 1941. 7. Tommasi, L.: Dermite dei boscainol: da ipersensibilità , Gior. ital. dermat. e sif. 70:1223, 1929.
A.M.A. Archives of Dermatology & Syphilology – American Medical Association
Published: Apr 1, 1953