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March 21, 1977

Allergy to Mace

JAMA. 1977;237(12):1201. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270390017015

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To the Editor.—  The brief report by Dr Frazier was an interesting description of an unusual contact dermatitis. However, it was not the second recorded case, as was suggested. Several similar cases have been described. Although I have not attempted a detailed search of the literature, I am aware of the following three references which Dr Frazier might find interesting:

  1. Penneys N, Israel RM, Indgin SM: Contact dermatitis due to 1-chloroacetophenone and chemical mace. N Engl J Med 281:413-415, 1969.

  2. Penneys N: Contact dermatitis to chloroacetophenone. Fed Proc 30:96-99, 1971.

  3. Maibach H, Marzulli F: Allergic sensitization potential of riot-control lacriments: Human draize test. Contact Dermatitis Newsletter 9:209, 1971.