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July 1984

Anaphylaxis Following the Use of Bacitracin Ointment: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Divisions of Dermatology (Drs Schechter and Wilkinson) and Immunology (Dr Del Carpio), Department of Medicine, Royal Victoria Hospital, and the Department of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(7):909-911. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650430095017

† A 52-year-old woman suffered an acute anaphylactic reaction to topically applied bacitracin. An investigation disclosed the presence of concurrent type I and IV hypersensitivity to bacitracin. We review five other cases of anaphylactic reactions to topical medications and describe the clinical characteristics common to all six cases.

(Arch Dermatol 1984;120:909-911)