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January 1950


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(1):111-112. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530080117014

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Recently, I have seen several women presenting an extremely severe acute dermatitis of the face, ears, neck and arms. Historically the dermatitis was of acute onset, and clinically it resembled an acute dermatitis seen in sensitivity to hair dye. The history elicited the information that the dermatitis first appeared on the forehead and the ears. It was finally determined that these patients were allergic to brown nylon® hair nets which they purchased at different variety stores. These nylon® hair nets were used for various purposes, such as keeping the hair in place after a wave set or keeping the hair from being mussed up while the patient was sleeping. Strongly positive reactions to patch tests were obtained. The patients were tested with items such as various dyes and nail lacquers, and no cross sensitivities were demonstrated. Patch tests were made on one woman with a nylon® hair

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