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July 1941


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(1):13-22. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500010016002

There is scant information in medical literature regarding nail lacquers and the nature of their components.1

Reported cases of dermatitis from nail lacquers are few. Greenbaum2 reported the case of a 19 year old girl with a keratinized plaque on the under surface of the tongue. This was attributed to nail enamel, as she had the habit of scraping off the polish with her teeth. Sulzberger3 reported the first case of dermatitis due to hypersensitivity to nail lacquer. The dermatitis appeared first on the face and eyelids and later involved the periungual areas. Contact tests with nail lacquer elicited positive reactions. A recurrence followed resumption of use of the preparation. At the second annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology and Syphilology, Sulzberger presented a case of dermatitis due to nail lacquer; the reaction to contact tests were positive. Silver and Chiego1d reported in detail