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Garbage and skin diseases related risk
  1. Nicola Balato,
  2. Matteo Megna,
  3. Maddalena Napolitano,
  4. Cataldo Patruno
  1. Department of Dermatology, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Matteo Megna, Department of Dermatology, University of Naples Federico II, Via Pansini n. 5, Napoli, 80131, Italy; mat24{at}

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Dear Editor,

Modern society is characterised by high production of garbage (domestic waste). Its management is a primary environmental and economic problem, also affecting public health. Health risks may derive by direct or indirect contact with garbage. The most frequent reported morbidities seem to be infectious diarrhoeic diseases and diseases transmitted by vectors.1 Moreover, an increased risk of pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and cutaneous and mucous membranes symptoms is reported in garbage-sorting and recycling workers.2 ,3

In order to investigate the relationship between exposition to garbage and skin diseases risk, we registered the frequency of infectious and hyper-reactive inflammatory dermatoses in our outpatient clinic …

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  • Contributors NB and CP: Substantial contribution to conception and design of the survey; drafting of the article; revision of the survey for important intellectual content and final approval of the version to be published. MM: Acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data; drafting of the article. MN: Acquisition of data.

  • Funding None.

  • Competing interests None.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.