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January 1943

AN UNUSUAL CASE OF MATCH DERMATITIS

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McKeesport, Pa.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;47(1):102. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01500190105011

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Abstract

J. A., a white man aged 32, presented an acute erythematous eruption involving the entire width of the lower part of the forehead, including the eyebrows, a patch on the left side of the neck, one on the left side of the chest and one on the lower right side of the abdomen. The dermatitis had begun on his forehead seven months prior to my examination. The neck was involved later and then the chest and the abdomen during the summer months, when he did not wear an undershirt. During this seven month period he had several acute exacerbations and remissions.

Questioning revealed that the patient used ordinary kitchen matches and that he scraped his right thumb nail against the head of the match to ignite it. During working hours, when he was confined to a small room, he became warm and perspired freely. He would then wipe his right

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