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March 1944


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St. Paul

From the Ancker Hospital, St. Paul, and the Division of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Minnesota, Dr. H. E. Michelson, Director.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(3):197. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510090043011

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Miss I. D., aged 20, consulted me on May 10, 1943, because of a dermatitis involving the face, ears and neck. The eruption had been present for one month and was most severe on the eyelids, the sides of the neck and the ears. The patient had used a new brand of nail polish for the preceding month, and this was thought to be the cause. She was advised to remove the polish and discontinue its use. Wet compresses and a bland paste were prescribed. The eruption had disappeared except for residual erythema and slight pigmentation by May 19, 1943. On that day a patch test with the nail polish was made on the flexor surface of the forearm. The next day, after approximately fifteen hours had passed, the patient returned because of an acute exacerbation of the eruption. There was an acute edematous weeping dermatitis at all of

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