ONE OF THE rare causes of recurrent eczema of the hands and fingers is an allergic dermatitis due to wooden-handled objects. Dermatologists should be ever mindful of this infrequent causative factor in dealing with persistent or recurring vesicular eczemas of the hands. Three cases have been proved in the past five years by one of us (J. B. H.). After we had talked with three colleagues about this novel cause of eczema of the hands, each one discovered a similar case. The wood at fault was cocobolo wood.
Cocobolo wood is a Central American timber of the genus Dalbergia. Included in this genus are over two hundred and fifty species of trees and scandent shrubs widely distributed in the tropical regions of the world. There are some fifteen species which yield timber noted for good technical qualities and richness of color and grain. There are at least seven species
HOWELL JB, BLAIR DS. ECZEMA OF THE HANDS FROM WOODEN-HANDLED OBJECTS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(3):400–404. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530160054007
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