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September 1929

DERMATITIS EXFOLIATIVA DUE TO ARSENIC IN WALL PAPER

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LOS ANGELES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;20(3):303-305. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.01440030029002
Abstract

Arsenic as a cause of exfoliative dermatitis was recognized soon after the advent of arsenical preparations in the treatment for syphilis. It is the opinion of Throne, Van Dyck, Marples and Myers1 that arsenic is either a contributing or an exciting cause in at least 30 per cent of all cases diagnosed as eczema.

The sources of arsenic in exfoliative dermatitis due to arsenic poisoning are: medication, food contamination, absorption through the skin of susceptible persons and contact with the drug either in surroundings or through occupation. The industrial preparations containing arsenic are: arsenic trioxide (as 206), often called arsenous acid or white arsenic, which forms the basis of most of the industrial preparations; liquid or solid weed killers, wood preservers, sprays containing arsenic and arsenical sheep dips in solid or liquid preparations; fly paper, flykilling solution (arsenic trioxide), arsenical powders, pastes and various liquids for destroying insects and

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