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October 1973

Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Vitamin E Aerosol Deodorant

Author Affiliations


Fort Riley, Kan


Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(4):579-580. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620250059023

To The Editor.—  We have recently seen three patients with allergic contact dermatitis to vitamin E aerosol deodorant.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.—  An 18-year-old white man first used vitamin E deodorant on Dec 24, 1972. The following day he noted pruritus and erythema of the axillae extending onto the proximal medial aspects of the upper extremities and onto the thorax. His eruption had almost subsided by the 28th of December 1972, when he used the deodorant again. Within 24 hours, he noted severe pruritus and erythema. By 48 hours, he had developed vesiculobullous lesions that progressed and extended over the following week. The patient was essentially incapacitated for two weeks, and his eruption took a total of three weeks to clear. The patient denied any known contact with vitamin E prior to his acute dermatitis.

Case 2.—  A 22-year-old white man was seen in the Dermatology Clinic

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