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August 1942


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;46(2):285. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500140101018

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C. R. H., a woman aged 25, presented an erythematosquamous dermatitis confined to the area of skin where a platinum ring was worn. The patient stated that on many occasions the ring had caused a limited rash. She would stop wearing it for three to ten days and wear it again for three days to two weeks before the eruption would return. Previously she had been told that the metal was the offender, though no patch test was made.

The history indicated that the sensitivity might have resulted from exposure to substances adhering to the ring (notably soap). The patient was told not to wear the ring until the dermatitis had disappeared, which required six days. She was then instructed to refrain from wearing the ring while exposing her hands to soap and water but to wear it at all other times. After one month no eruption appeared. For another

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