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August 1930


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1930;22(2):268-269. doi:10.1001/archderm.1930.01440140070006

The following report concerns a case of ear phone dermatitis met with in private practice.

Mr. L. K. M., aged 47, was referred on November 21 by Dr. E. V. Denneen of New York. The patient presented a dermatitis of the lateral aspect of both ears which also involved the skin just anterior to the ears. The history was that on October 30 the patient used radio ear phones for two hours. The following morning the ears itched and burned and became slightly swollen. The itching and burning continued for two weeks, and the swelling gradually increased. On November 15, both ears were about twice the normal size, and the skin was tense. Then, for the first time, the patient consulted a physician, who prescribed a calamine lotion. With this treatment, the swelling greatly subsided in a few days, but the erythema, itching and burning continued. On November 21, when

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