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January 1971

Polyurethane Coating in the Prevention of Nickel Dermatitis

Author Affiliations

USAF; USA, Washington, DC

From the Dermatology Service, Walter Reed General Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. Dr. Allen is now at the Department of Medicine, University of California, Orange, Calif.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(1):58-60. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000130060008

Eleven patients with allergic contact dermatitis to nickel, as proven by history and positive patch test reactions, were used to evaluate the effectiveness of a liquid polyurethane plastic material for coating various offending metallic articles. The plastic film proved to be quite effective and worthwhile by protecting sensitized patients, preventing dermatitis, and allowing the wear of previously unworn items.