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July 1952

ALOPECIA AND DERMATITIS VENENATA FOLLOWING HAIR STRAIGHTENING

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1952;66(1):124. doi:10.1001/archderm.1952.01530260127014
Abstract

I wish to report a case of alopecia and dermatitis venenata following hair straightening, which is similar to the one reported by Anderson.1

REPORT OF A CASE

The patient, a married Negro woman aged 32, was referred to me because of loss of hair and irritation of the scalp.

The patient gave a history of having had a hair-straightening treatment at a beauty institute, Oct. 1, 1951. She stated that a hair dressing was placed on her scalp for a half-hour and that this application was followed by combing with a heated heavy metal comb. She remarked that she observed a mild painful stinging reaction of the scalp while receiving the treatment.

The following day, the patient noticed that her hair and scalp felt stiff, and, commencing Oct. 4, the hair began to fall out in patchy areas. She also noted itching of the skin of the front and

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