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March 1942

UNILATERAL NICKEL DERMATITIS OF THE LEFT FOREARM CAUSED BY ZIPPERS

Author Affiliations

Cincinnati

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;45(3):578-579. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500090125012
Abstract

Many locations of nickel dermatitis have been described, but occasionally the dermatitis may be present in an unusual location, unusual because the mode of contact is not seen readily. Nickel dermatitis on the forearm and arms comes usually from nickel-plated watch bands or bracelets or in the working man from the nickel-plating bath. Also the dermatitis may appear on the upper extremities by spread from a nickel dermatitis elsewhere on the body. Recently, we have had the opportunity to observe 2 unusual cases of unilateral nickel dermatitis localized to the left forearm.

The 2 patients were women, one a director of nursing education and one a nurse. Each had suspected that she was sensitive to nickel because of episodes in previous years of mild dermatitis from contact with metal ornaments. Neither patient had had cutaneous tests. Each patient presented an acute relapsing unilateral linear papulovesicular dermatitis on the flexor aspect

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