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November 1955

Allergic Dermatitis Produced by Inhalant Molds

Author Affiliations

Hanover, N. H.

From the Department of Dermatology, Hitchcock Clinic, and Dartmouth Medical School (Dr. Jillson, Instructor in Dermatology; Dr. Adami, former Resident in Dermatology, now Captain in the United States Army).

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;72(5):411-419. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.03730350013004


Numerous investigators have stressed the importance of inhalant allergens in the causation of atopic dermatitis.* Those cases produced by the seasonal pollens are the easiest to prove. No one can doubt that the eczema of the patient described by the Mitchells1 was due to the water-soluble albumin fraction of timothy pollen. Likewise, allergic dermatitis from the inhalation of ragweed pollen is well authenticated.7 However, it is difficult to produce incontrovertible evidence of the role of other inhalant allergens, such as wool, dust and feathers, in the etiology of eczema. Nevertheless, the Tufts and Heck6 have presented experimental evidence that dust can produce dermatitis via inhalation. Osborne and Murray10 have carried out definitive work on the relationship of wool to atopic dermatitis.

Another group of inhalant allergens, the air-borne molds, are admirably suited for the study and understanding of the inhalants in

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