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December 9, 1968

Wedding Ring Dermatitis

JAMA. 1968;206(11):2526. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150110074030

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To the Editor:—  The recent rash (forgive me) of items on wedding ring dermatitis is amusing as always. In addition to the suggested specific allergic reactions to metals plus Dr. Simon's six cases of skin reaction associated with radioactivity of the rings, may I add that not uncommonly the married state or the husband (in spite of the fact that men are most admirable creatures) may be the salient factor. A clue: a happily married woman, when under stress, with three fingers tucks her wedding ring more firmly into the webs between the fingers. The unhappy one may be seen to be aimlessly tugging at the ring.Wallace C. Ellerbroek, MD Long Beach, Calif