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Mrs. B. Z., a white American business woman aged 56, consulted me on July 11, 1940. She presented a vesiculoerythematous eczema-like eruption which affected the palmar surfaces of the fingers and the thumb of the right hand. It was of nine months' duration. The eruption caused a great deal of inconvenience. It was extremely itchy, and in spite of strenuous treatment, which included roentgen and ultraviolet irradiation and topical applications of all sorts, it persisted with exceptional tenacity.
Questioning brought to light the following information, which was considered of importance from the standpoint of diagnosis:
Two years previously the patient had had severe contact dermatitis which was caused by wearing some lacquered wooden ornaments, a bracelet and a brooch. The shortest contact produced a blistery eruption which persisted for from two to three weeks.
The present eruption was associated by the patient with a change in her residence from one apartment house to another.
In January 1940 the patient went to Florida. Within a few days after she left Pittsburgh the eruption disappeared completely, and she was free from it during her entire stay in Florida. A few days after her return to Pittsburgh she suffered a relapse.
Hollander L. DERMATITIS DUE TO STAIN ON THE WOODEN HANDLE OF A KITCHEN KNIFE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;43(2):381–382. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01490200163016
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