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2022 Oct 20

West Afr J Med



Occupational Hand Dermatitis amongst Cassava Processors in Rural Communities in Southwest Nigeria.


Ayanlowo OO, Okwor TJ, Otrofanowei E
West Afr J Med. 2022 Oct 20; 39(10):1089-1094.
PMID: 36260928.


Hand dermatitis (HD) is an inflammatory disorder of the hand. Agricultural industries (farming) have been reported as one of the leading occupation predisposing workers to health risks. Practices such as dumping cassava peels in farm environment, removal of heaps of peels, soaking of cassava and clearing of ditches have been identified as potentially harmful. These processes, which are wet works, are often done with bare hands predisposing cassava processors to HD.