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March 1978

Contact Dermatitis to Homomenthyl Salicylate

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology Service (Dr Rietschel), Department of Medicine (Dr Lewis), Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Tex.

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(3):442-443. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640150078023

• Two patients with follicular dermatitis were found to have a contact sensitivity to homomenthyl salicylate, a sunscreening chemical present in a commercially available suntan lotion. One patient did not use the product, but her boyfriend did, and contact between the two individuals resulted in a follicular dermatitis developing in her. A second patient with contact dermatitis to homomenthyl salicylate also had a follicular eruption. Both patients appear to represent true allergic sensitivities.

(Arch Dermatol 114:442-443, 1978)

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