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March 1944


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(3):183-187. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510090029005

Several reports dealing with allergic eczema due to contact with nail polish have appeared in the literature of the past few years.1 Recently there has been an increase in the number of cases encountered. Frequently the diagnosis is difficult, yet there are certain features that suggest the etiologic agent.

We agree with others that nail polish is one of the most frequent causes of dermatitis of the eyelids in women. One or both upper eyelids are usually involved, but both the upper and the lower lids may be simultaneously affected. Interesting features of nail polish dermatitis are its patchy appearance and the fact that the lesion is most frequently limited to the medial portion of the upper eyelid. Although diffuse dermatitis may be caused by nail polish, this type of eruption is more frequently caused by other allergens. Persons acquire the habit of rubbing their eyelids