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March 1940

DERMATITIS DUE TO SAFETY PINS: Interesting Sequence of Sensitization Due to Contact with Nickel

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(3):568-569. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490090120016

Dermatitis due to contact with nickel has been reported in the past forty years by several authors1; hence all dermatologists are conscious of it when searching for a cause of an eruption occurring in workers in industry. The history of wearing white gold spectacles, a wrist watch or nickel-plated garters often suggests a possible cause of the condition in other patients, but physicians are apt to forget the innumerable other contacts which they have in their ordinary routine of life, such as those with nickel coins, key chains, electric light chains, cigaret lighters and paper clips. Doctors and dentists are constantly handling nickel-plated instruments. The young mother handling safety pins may forget such a contact, and the introduction of zippers on various articles of clothing presents a new contact in the daily lives of many. It is therefore deemed advisable to report the following case of sensitivity.