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July 1941


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(1):70. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500010073016

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The following case is reported as another one of dermatitis due to nail lacquer, in which the lesions followed a somewhat typical pattern.

M. G., a housewife aged 32, consulted me on Jan. 29, 1941 for an eruption which had been present for the previous nine months. It had appeared first on the eyebrows and upper eyelids and spread gradually to the cheeks and other neighboring parts.

Examination revealed a patchy eruption of rosy hue, which was finely scaly and dry, with cigaret-paper-like wrinkling. It was present on the eyebrows, upper eyelids and right cheek, around the mouth and on the left side of the neck in somewhat linear formation. There was no involvement of the skin about the nails.

The patient used cosmetics and perfumes liberally. Patch tests with all of these gave negative results except those with nail lacquer, which elicited a 3 plus reaction.

Questioning revealed that

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