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July 1951


AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;64(1):68. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570070071018

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To the Editor:—  In the paper by Peck, Michelfelder and Palitz which was published in the Archives under the title of "Further Studies on the Mechanism of Adhesive Tape Dermatitis" (63:289 [March] 1951) certain points raised by these observers call for comment. These points are mainly concerned with the question of allergic adhesive tape responses, their alleged rarity and the supposed difficulty in tracing their cause or causes. Concerning such instances, Peck and co-workers concluded, "This reaction is rare. It is practically impossible to trace the specific sensitizer in any adhesive because the chemical composition varies from batch to batch."1. Allergic contact dermatitis due to adhesive tape is not a rare occurrence. It may be relatively uncommon in terms of the percentage of people using this product. In some cases the hypersensitiveness is known to the patient; in other instances, to the dismay of the physician, this response

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