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November 1940


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(5):968-982. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490170218026

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Eczema Venenatum (Perfume). Presented by Dr. David Bloom.  J. S., a man aged 56, complained of a generalized pruritic eruption of three months' duration. The skin of the trunk and of the extremities was erythematous and excoriated, and that of the axillas, groins, lower part of the abdomen, genitals and hands was particularly involved.As the history of the patient revealed that he had been occupied for many years in a cosmetic laboratory preparing creams, and as the ingredients of these creams were suspected to be the cause of the dermatitis, the patient was advised to avoid contact with the laboratory products. With application of soothing lotions and fractional roentgen ray treatment (75 r, unfiltered, weekly) the condition gradually improved until three weeks ago, when a sudden exacerbation of the eruption took place, with severe pruritus, depriving the patient of his sleep. Questioning elicited that the patient did not follow

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