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J. S., a man aged 61, keeper of the county jail, had an erythematovesicular eruption on the fingers of both hands which developed in March 1940. I thought this was due to an external irritant and made patch tests with the various soaps, oils and other substances which he was using. The results were negative. Local applications of soothing agents improved the eruption, which, however, did not clear up entirely. About September 1 he volunteered the information that he was using "teel," a proprietary dentifrice, for washing his denture. He would hold the denture with his fingers and apply the teel with a brush, the solution coming in contact with his fingers each time. A patch test with teel gave a strong reaction. After the use of this agent was stopped the dermatitis quickly disappeared and did not recur.
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Hix JB. CONTACT DERMATITIS FROM TEEL. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;43(5):847. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01490230087014
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