Cutaneous irritation due to handling of various woods is well known to dermatologists. Senear1 in his masterly discussion gave a complete list of woods that have been causative agents in contact dermatitis.
Cocobolo wood as a cause of persistent contact dermatitis was first reported by MacKee.2 Although this report preceded the advent of the modern patch test, the clinical history is so clear that there can be no doubt that contact with cocobolo wood was the cause of the eruption. White3 in his classic book on occupational diseases mentioned cocobolo wood as a cause of dermatitis. More recently, Modlayr4 proved by the patch test that cocobolo was the cause in a case of dermatitis.
Cocobolo wood, grown in the tropics, has many uses owing to its being heavy and rugged. It is employed in making articles such as knife handles, bowls and walking sticks, in which
ABRAMOWITZ EW, SWARTS WB. DERMATITIS DUE TO COCOBOLO WOOD. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(3):441–443. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480090070006
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