Phytodermatitis Slides 1 through 5

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Mechanical Dermatitis

Cuts, abrasions and punctures in the skin caused by thorns, spines and hairy appendages in the plants. These injuries can become secondarily infected with bacteria, mycobacteria or fungi.

Slide 1

Cactus thorns

Cactus

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Slide 2

Sporotrichosis infection on arm resulting from puncture with rose thorn (NIOSH collection).

Sporotrichosis

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Irritant Dermatitis

Reaction in the skin caused by irritating chemicals in the plant. These chemicals include acids, proteolytic enzymes and calcium oxide crystals. This is not an allergic reaction.

Slide 3

Irritant dermatitis from sap of spurge plant.

Irritant dermatitis from spurge plant

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Slide 4

The sap of spurge (Euphorbia franckiana) contains phorbol esters.

Cactus

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Slide 5

Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia marginata) contains calcium oxalate crystals.

Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia marginata)

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