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July 1946

AN UNUSUAL SOURCE OF DERMATITIS DUE TO NAIL POLISH

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;54(1):65-66. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510360069011

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Abstract

Numerous articles have been written on contact dermatitis resulting from the use of nail polish. The following case is of interest because of the unusual source of the dermatitis.

REPORT OF A CASE

A white woman, 26 years of age, the wife of an officer, came to the dermatologic clinic with a scaly erythematous dermatitis involving the eyelids, sides of the face and anterior portion of the neck. She had been treated by several physicians who had administered roentgen ray therapy and had prescribed various local applications. The location of the lesions suggested a dermatitis due to nail polish, and the patient was advised to discontinue its use. The dermatitis improved shortly afterward with bland local therapy. Several weeks later the patient reappeared with a severe flare-up of the dermatitis on the eyelids, sides of the face and neck. She stated that nail polish had not been used during

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