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September 1984

Allergic Dermatitis to Benzyl Alcohol in an Injectable Solution

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(9):1200-1201. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650450082024

• Benzyl alcohol produced an allergic contact dermatitis in a 46-year-old woman. The dermatitis was characterized by erythema, palpable edema, and raised borders. It had occurred after the use of sodium tetradecyl sulfate, a sclerosing agent used for the treatment of varicose veins. This article reviews the widespread use of this preservative in a variety of injectable agents.

(Arch Dermatol 1984;120:1200-1201)