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October 1934

DERMATITIS PRODUCED BY HYMOLAL SALTS: (A NEW SOAPLIKE MATERIAL)

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SUMMIT, N. J.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(4):517. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460160031005

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Abstract

There has been a recent tendency to develop soaplike materials for shampoos; one of these is a solution of hymolal salts. This is a combination of sulphonated alcohols of high molecular weight combined with an alkali to form the neutral salt.

I have been unable to find reports in the literature of cases of dermatitis produced by the use of these new compounds.

REPORT OF A CASE  A white man, aged 35, a local "beautician," first consulted me in the middle of March for dermatitis of both hands. The irritation commenced about a week previously and gradually increased in severity. The history revealed the fact that about March 1 the patient commenced to use hymolal salts as a shampoo, giving an average of ten treatments a day.Examination disclosed what first appeared to be a severe case of "chapped" hands. The skin was dry and erythematous, and the normal linear

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