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To the Editor: A biology professor from the local university was asked to examine a 50 lb loggerhead turtle that had been removed from the Gulf of Mexico six hours earlier, as it was felt that this was a rare type of turtle. During the course of a superficial examination, the turtle spewed up a bluish liquid from its stomach onto the man's forearms. His arms immediately began to sting and discrete welts appeared within one or two hours. I examined him 48 hours later at which time he had a tender edematous raised red papular eruption on the dorsum of both forearms. The lesions were approximately 6 mm in diameter and separated by about 6-12 mm.
He gave the explanation that loggerhead turtles commonly ate Portuguese man-of-war as an important part of their diet, with no irritation to themselves or to their gastrointestinal tracts. They did, however, close their
Hubler WR. AN UNUSUAL CASE OF CONTACT DERMATITIS. Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(1):84. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590190090016
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