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February 1978

Menthol and Dermatitis

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(2):286. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640140094027

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To the Editor.—  A 25-year-old woman was recently seen with a chronic dermatitis of the upper lip, which had been treated previously in several ways. I suggested she change her toothpaste and temporarily discontinue the many types of citrus fruit contact that she had. I recently read of a patient who had been found to have chronic urticaria due to the menthol in his cigarettes. I suggested to the patient that she also discontinue her menthol cigarettes temporarily as a trial. She did this, and her dermatitis immediately cleared. After several weeks, she performed a challenge test by resuming the menthol cigarettes, and immediately the dermatitis recurred. Since discontinuing the offending cigarettes again, her condition has remained completely clear.Readers are advised that in view of The Copyright Revision Act of 1976, all Letters to the Editor submitted for publication must contain on the transmittal letter the following language: "The

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