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November 1950

INFANTILE AND ATOPIC ECZEMA FROM INJURY TO THE SKIN BY OVERCARE AND OVERTREATMENT

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EVANSVILLE, IND.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(5):739-752. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020753003
Abstract

LOCAL and generalized dermatoses are common, owing to the application of therapeutic chemicals to the skin.1 One report disclosed an incidence of overtreatment of 35 per cent2 and another 75 per cent.3 When the irritating and sensitizing chemicals were removed, as a rule prompt healing of the lesions took place. In some cases, however, lesions healed slowly, indicating a severer chemical injury to the skin. In others the patients appeared to have recovered but complained about dryness, roughness, redness, chapping in cold weather and ease of irritation. Soap would burn, and exposure to sunlight caused itching and hiving. Many patients, when seen long after their dermatitis had healed, noted itching, burning and transitory rashes when they became warm enough to perspire. A complaint that is heard more and more is, "When I get hot I itch and break out." This cutaneous injury from exposing the skin to

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