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Preparations of cod liver oil have been in use for a number of years as topical remedies in the treatment of chronic ulcers of various types. To the best of my knowledge, no case of true allergic dermatitis of contact type has ever been attributed to the cod liver oil itself in any of these preparations.
REPORT OF CASE
Mr. P., aged 37, a meat slicer in a quick lunch restaurant, had varicose veins about eight years ago. The saphenous vein was ligated, and smaller veins were injected, with good sclerosing effects. (His physician at that time has since died, and the sclerosing agent used is not known.)In July 1941 an ulcer developed on the lateral surface of the lower third of the right leg. He treated this, ulcer with wet compresses of potassium permanganate and an elastic bandage. Healing was complete in about three weeks. In early December
Cope EP. CONTACT DERMATITIS DUE TO COD LIVER OIL: Report of a Case. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;46(1):140–141. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500130143016
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