Dermatitis venenata, when of occupational origin, presents a serious economic problem, because it is necessary to change the patient's occupation to remove the causative agent. Certainly few patients can be relieved if they continue in contact with the substance to which the skin is sensitive.
A year ago experiments were begun with a compound having the composition:
It can be applied as an invisible covering, and is soluble only in water. After finding that it was nonirritating to normal skin, it was used in cases of contact dermatitis of occupational origin.1 From a series of cases six have been selected for report.
In the repair department of a glass factory six men complained of dermatitis. They showed typical dermatitis venenata of the hands and forearms, and one or two had involved the face by rubbing it with dirty gloves. All six gave positive reactions to patch tests with a substance
JAMES APR. AN AID IN THE MANAGEMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL CONTACT DERMATITIS (DERMATITIS VENENATA). Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(1):30–32. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460130038007
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