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April 1951

ROLE OF FOODS IN THE PRODUCTION OF ECZEMATOUS DERMATITIS

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, UNITED STATES ARMY

From Valley Forge General Hospital, Phoenixville, Pa.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;63(4):450-455. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570040044007
Abstract

THE PURPOSE of this paper is to add to the knowledge of eczematous reactions due to foods. Reports of 10 cases are given in detail, and the methods used in diagnosis and treatment are described.

In the past several years there have been increasing numbers of reports concerning the role of foods in the production of dermatoses. In 1930 Wise and Wolf1 reported two cases of a vesicular dermatitis occurring on the palms and the fingers which was due to the ingestion of orange juice. White,2 in 1935, reported a case of recurrent dermatitis of the palm following the eating of peas, beans and peaches. A. H. Rowe,3 in 1946, discussed 182 cases, in 80 of which food was the principal factor and in 28 of which it was a doubtful cause. The lesions which he described were minute vesiculopapules, discrete or coalescing with erythema, edema and

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