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July 1938

DERMATITIS PRODUCED BY PETROLATUM: REPORT OF A CASE

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PITTSBURGH

From the Pittsburgh Skin and Cancer Foundation.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;38(1):49-51. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480130052007
Abstract

Weber1 stated that the literature fails to show reports of dermatitis from pure petrolatum because it is one of the most stable bodies and does not contain phenol, cresol or any saponifying matter. This is unquestionably true, for otherwise cases would have been observed and reported, as petrolatum is one of the most widely used ointment bases. Sensitivity does occur however, sporadically, as in the case reported herewith. It was not suspected until everything else had been eliminated. Because of this unusual sensitivity I believe this report is justified.

REPORT OF CASE  Mr. G. F. R., aged 45, an executive in a glass plant, was referred by Dr. L. D. Johnson, of Connellsville, Pa., on account of a grotesque swelling of the eyelids and the face, associated with intense itching. The eruption began three weeks previous to my first examination as a vesicular and vesiculopapular, itchy eruption of

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