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March 1944


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(3):198. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510090044012

During September and October 1943, 24 patients with dermatitis due to hair lacquer pads were observed by us. The history in each case was similar in essentials. All of the patients had used the same brand of hair lacquer pads for periods of approximately one or two weeks. The neck, ears and face were the sites usually involved. The patients complained of itching and redness in the occipital and mastoid regions and on the ears. Within a few days the eruption usually spread to involve the face and the periocular region. In a few patients the eruption spread to the shoulders, chest, arms and hands. The dermatitis in the early stage was erythematous and edematous, with subsequent crusting, but frank vesiculation was not observed. In about 60 per cent of the patients there were enlarged, tender, posterior cervical lymph nodes, and a few had a slight elevation of temperature.