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July 1943


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(1):134-140. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510010138025

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Toxic Dermatitis Due to Ergot. Presented by Dr. H. C. L. Lindsay.

Mrs. H. is a 28 year old robust Mexican housewife. Six weeks ago her menses were overdue, and she took 1 drachm (3.89 Gm.) of ergot. A short time later an eruption appeared on the flexures of the body and of the arms and in the groins, starting in the axillas as a "dry rash" which when scratched produced wheals. Five days ago, after application of sulfur ointment, the eruption became moist.

The eruption now appears to be a dermatitis somewhat resembling erythema multiforme; it itches severely and has an urticarial element. The patient states that she is "allergic to oranges in excess." She treated herself with sulfur ointment and later with calamine lotion; the eruption is lessening under the arms.


Dr. Maximilian E. Obermayer: This case illustrates the features of follicular toxic dermatitis associated with

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