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May 1958

Ring Dermatitis: Primary Irritation from the Action of Salt on Jewelry Alloys

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Evansville, Ind.

AMA Arch Derm. 1958;77(5):526-531. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560050034007

A complaint from many people is the tendency to develop irritations under and around their rings. Hot weather, with associated sweating, is an important factor in the appearance of such irritation. Rings are not the only source of complaints. Other kinds of jewelry, metal ornaments, fasteners, and pins are just as likely to produce irritations. Dermatitis from rings has been of special interest because of the prevalence of hand eczema. Quite often the initial site is the ring finger. When a rash appears on the left fourth finger, a number of patients change the ring to the right fourth finger and forthwith present a dermatitis on both hands. Sometimes the duration of a hand eruption dates back to a class ring worn in the early teens. Of added import is the fact that every year a fair number of patients experience a spreading dermatitis whose origin was overtreatment

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