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August 24, 1935

Current Comment

JAMA. 1935;105(8):603. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760340049019

SKIN IRRITANTS IN ADHESIVE PLASTER  The occurrence of skin reactions following the use of adhesive plaster is by no means uncommon; indeed, the statement has been made that approximately 1 per cent of all normal individuals show the phenomenon. According to the current opinion, two types of reactions may occur. One is simply the result of mechanical trauma by the adhesive plaster and it disappears within a short time after the removal of the plaster. The other type of reaction is a true allergic response to substances present in the adhesive base. Such reactions often increase in severity after removal of the plaster and may persist for many days. Obviously, little can be done to decrease the incidence of the reactions due to tissue trauma; however, the occurrence of the allergic manifestations might be lessened if the nature of the irritating substances were known. A recent investigation on this problem

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