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Article
November 1972

The Detection of Lanolin Allergy

Author Affiliations

San Mateo

From the Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco.

Arch Dermatol. 1972;106(5):678-681. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620140026009
Abstract

Routine testing for lanolin allergy using 30% wool wax alcohols confirms the findings of European workers that lanolin allergy will frequently go undetected if plain lanolin is used for patch testing. Detection of lanolin allergy requires patch testing with a lanolin fraction and confirmation of positive tests by repeat testing. At present, 30% wool wax alcohols in petrolatum appears to be the patch-test material of choice for the detection of lanolin allergy.

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