Hair tonics frequently produce dermatitis of the scalp and face, but in a review of the literature I was unable to find any report of dermatitis of the hands from this cause. On account of this unusual localization and the lack of involvement of the more delicate skin of the scalp, the site of application, the following case is reported.
REPORT OF CASE
H. M., a white man aged 50, consulted me on March 18, 1940 because of a nonpruritic dry scaly eruption on his palms, thumbs and fingers of five months' duration. About one month before the onset of the eruption he had started to apply a proprietary hair tonic daily to his scalp. He had rubbed this in chiefly with his right thumb and index and middle finger, being careful to prevent its flowing down on his forehead or face, and these areas had never been affected. The
NILES HD. DERMATITIS OF HANDS CAUSED BY LIQUID PETROLATUM IN A PROPRIETARY HAIR TONIC: REPORT OF A CASE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;43(4):689–691. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01490220085012
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