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December 1942

EDEMA OF THE GENITALIA COMPLICATING RESIN CONTACT DERMATITIS DUE TO UNDERWEAR

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;46(6):829-NP. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500180049006
Abstract

Recently an outbreak of dermatitis due to contact with a new resin finish used in underwear was reported by Schwartz and his associates.1 During the past year we had under observation 12 patients who, having such contact dermatitis, presented new and unusual features.

All our patients had a contact dermatitis due to a new resin finish in unlaundered underwear. The shorts worn by our patients were manufactured by more than one company. All were made with the same resin finish. This new "backfiller" was submitted to us for patch tests by the chemical house supplying the manufacturers. It may well be that this new resin finish, or "backfiller," is of the same chemical composition as that reported on by Schwartz and his associates.

Each of the patients showed small maculopapular eruptions extending from the crest of the ilium down to the knees. The rash was confluent on the medial

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