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September 12, 1942

Current Comment

JAMA. 1942;120(2):127-128. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830370039013

RUBBER DERMATITIS  Facial dermatitis caused by rubber respirators has been reported by Petro,1 who observed 16 cases among the personnel at one of the Royal Navy depots. The diagnosis of rubber dermatitis due to the wearing of masks was suspected on the ground that (1) the lesions showed a distribution which was mainly confined to areas of facial contact with the rubber face pieces, (2) symptoms and signs manifested themselves either for the first time or, if already present, in an aggravated form on the day following respiratory exercise, (3) mild and evanescent symptoms, worse with each exercise, were admitted in retrospect by a number of patients, (4) some cases followed a recent change in type of respirator, (5) the masks bearing embossed lettering of certain firms alone were found responsible for the dermatitis and (6) patch tests with rubber disks cut from the patients' respirators and applied to

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