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November 1971

Contact Dermatitis to a Plastic Solvent in EyeglassesCross-Sensitivity to Ethyl Acetate

Author Affiliations

USA; USA, Washington, DC

From the Dermatology Service, Department of Medicine, Walter Reed General Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;104(5):524-528. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000230066011

Eyeglass dermatitis limited to the nose occurred in a 58-year-old woman. Patch testing revealed the offending agent to be a common solvent, ethylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate, used to chemically weld the nosepads to the eyeglass frame. The patient also had an unrevealed allergy to ethyl acetate.