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December 1943

ALLERGIC DERMATITIS CAUSED BY HAIR LACQUER PRODUCTS

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Springfield, Mass.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(6):656. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510060080011

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Abstract

The following communication is concerned with dermatitis originating from the use of hair lacquer pads and hair lacquer, based on my observations in 15 cases, in 11 of which the eruption was caused by hair lacquer pads and in 4 by hair lacquer itself.

The firm manufacturing the hair lacquer pads informed me that their hair lacquer is composed of two types of synthetic resin. The firm manufacturing the hair lacquer reported that their product consists of a mixture of shellac and myrrh.

The first symptoms of dermatitis appeared after the offending agent had been used for one to three days. The main complaint was severe pruritus.

The fully developed picture showed an erythematopapular eruption along the entire hair line, with considerable edema of both eyelids, ears and temporal regions. Twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the onset of the symptoms the erythematopapular eruption and edema expanded over the entire face,

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