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Contact Dermatitis from Rubber and Alcohol. Presented by Dr. C. W. O'Neill, Hartford, Conn.
N. McC., a painter aged 62, had an occupational dermatitis in 1936, dermatitis exfoliativa of the face, hands and feet in 1937 from either kerosene or alcohol and dermatitis venenata in the same areas in 1937. For four years he has had an eczematoid dermatitis of the arms and legs. After the application to the chest of a stethoscope, which had a hard rubber bell and had been dipped in rubbing alcohol, there developed one day later, on Aug. 31, 1939, ringed lesions that were raised, with a sharply demarcated border, vesicular, papular and accompanied by severe itching. On October 16 a test with the dry stethoscope was repeated on the chest.The patient now shows circular, crusted, erythematous, raised lesions, with about 2 inches (5 cm.) of surrounding erythema, over the manubrium. This is the
Blaisdell JH, Appel B. NEW ENGLAND DERMATOLOGICAL SOCIETY. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(6):1125–1141. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490120127018