Two years ago, Lain reported1 three cases of dermatitis due to spectacle frames made of white gold, an alloy containing nickel. Since then I have seen a patient who had not only a similar dermatitis from spectacle frames but also an eruption due to wearing a nickel-plated wrist watch.
E. G., a man, aged 24, a clerk, consulted me, March 10, 1932, for a vesicular and crusted eruption limited to areas where his spectacle frames were in contact with the skin. The affected areas included horizontal streaks along the temples and small patches on the ear lobules, the postauricular region and the left inner canthus. He also presented well defined erythematosquamous patches on the front and back of the right wrist, corresponding to the position where his wrist watch had been in contact with the skin.
The patient had worn spectacles since childhood for nearsightedness. He had always used
Fox H. NICKEL DERMATITIS FROM SPECTACLE FRAMES AND WRIST WATCH. JAMA. 1933;101(14):1066–1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.27430390001007a
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