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Article
October 1948

ALLERGIC CONTACT DERMATITIS DUE TO RUBBER: With Special Reference to Latex

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1948;58(4):405-408. doi:10.1001/archderm.1948.01520230050007
Abstract

THE IMPORTANCE of rubber as a cause of dermatitis both in its manufacture and use has received due emphasis in the literature. Schwartz, Tulipan and Peck1 have written extensively on the occupational disease hazards to the skin in the manufacture of both synthetic and natural rubber. In a recent article2 on dermatitis due to wearing apparel, Schwartz and Peck reviewed the literature and found rubber gloves, girdles, dress shields, gas masks and condoms among the commoner rubber sensitizers. Other rubber goods, such as bunion protectors,3 ear phones,4 art gum erasers5 rubber tips of stethoscopes,6 friction tape,7 adhesive tape,8 rubber fillers in eyelash curlers9 and rubber cement used in the manufacture of shoes10 have been reported as proved causes of dermatitis. In our own practice, we have seen 33 proved cases of dermatitis due to rubber. These were due to rubber

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