Rubber respirator dermatitis has been brought to the attention of the medical profession by a recent report of 16 cases observed at one of the Royal Navy depots by Petro.1 The following case is reported because I have found no reference of respirator dermatitis in the United States military service:
REPORT OF CASE
W. H. V., a white soldier aged 42, admitted to the Station Hospital, Camp Roberts, California, Sept. 1, 1942, complained of an itching cutaneous eruption on the face of less than twentyfour hours' duration.The patient stated that on August 26 he had gone through the gas chamber for the first time, wearing his service mask, which was brand new. A few hours later an itching cutaneous rash developed on the face which persisted until the following day. The mask was worn again for five minutes at a gas drill on August 31. Three hours later
Lewe IA. CONTACT DERMATITIS FROM RUBBER SERVICE MASK. JAMA. 1943;121(6):422. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.62840060002009a
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