Nov 2018 Supplemental Issue Occupational Disease

Interdigital pilonidal sinus: An occupational disease of pet groomers

Rachelle C. Ramilo, Camille B. Angeles, Lian C. Jamisola, Cindy Jao Tan, Maria Nina F. Pascasio

Interdigital pilonidal sinus (IPS) is an acquired condition secondary to penetration of hair fragments into the skin of the web spaces of the hands commonly observed in hairdressers, and occasionally, among pet groomers. Local literature reports or guidelines to ensure practice of protective measures for this population of workers are currently lacking. Psychosocial sequelae among patients i.e. discomfort and embarassment, necessitate a thorough dermatologic consult.