Shampoos composed of many new types of detergents have recently been placed on the market for public use. Among these is "Prell radiant creme" shampoo, the active cleansing agent of which consists primarily of alkylsulfate.1 In general, these detergents are considered to have a low index of sensitization. Although use of the sulfated alcohol shampoos is now common and widespread, there has not been a corresponding increase in reports of irritation from them.2 As a search of the literature failed to reveal any previous reports of a dermatitis from this substance, it was believed that a short report of such an occurrence would be of interest.
REPORT OF CASE
J. S. B., a white woman aged 46, a hospital laboratory technician, was first seen Aug. 28, 1947, with a severe weeping and crusted dermatitis of the face, scalp and neck. Except for occasional mild, localized neurodermatitis of the