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September 1944


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From the Pittsburgh Skin and Cancer Foundation.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(3):200. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510150052011

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Miss O. B., a 42 year old white American school teacher, was referred to me on May 8, 1944, by Dr. A. B. Fuller because of a vesiculoerythematous dermatitis which affected the inner surfaces of her legs and a circumscribed circular area on the lower portion of her thighs. This eruption was of six weeks' duration.

The patient complained of intense itching and burning of the affected areas. She stated that this was worse during the day, which she attributed to her professional activities.

As this dermatitis was definitely limited to the stocking-covered areas, its pattern and distribution left no doubt that her stockings were involved in its causation.

The patient had been wearing nylon stockings since 1940 and had experienced no difficulties at any previous time. More recently (within the last twelve months) because the color of the nylon stockings faded as the result of frequent washing,

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