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September 1944

CONTACT DERMATITIS FROM ALFALFA AND BUR CLOVER

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(3):201. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510150053012
Abstract

There have been no reports in the medical literature of dermatitis resulting either from alfalfa or from bur clover. It was thought worth while to report a case of dermatitis from these plants.

REPORT OF A CASE

M. H., a housewife aged 30, pulled up some alfalfa from a neighbor's yard for feed for her chickens. The same day she had trimmed a hedge of eugenia bush (Eugenia myrtifolia) and tended some primroses, calla lilies and geraniums. Four days later an acute vesicular dermatitis appeared on her hands and wrists. A week later she consulted me. Calamine lotion was prescribed to be used locally, and patch tests were made of the aforementioned plants. The following day there was a strongly positive reaction to alfalfa and a moderately positive reaction to the eugenia bush. The dermatitis had completely disappeared two weeks later. About a week after recovery she pulled up bur

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