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March 1991

Foreign-Body Granuloma on the Forehead: Reaction to Bindi

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology Safdarjung Hospital New Delhi 110029, India

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(3):424. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680030150027

To the Editor.—  The term bindi refers to the dot applied on the center of the forehead by Indian women, and is a tradition of the Hindu religion. Turmeric powder is the main ingredient and generally the red color is used either in powder or liquid form. The expanding cosmetic industry has introduced dyes to promote bindi in more colors to match that of the clothes, and recently, thin, circular polyvinyl chloride and plastic self-sticking disks with a colored exterior have hit the market. This report describes a granulomatous reaction resulting from such an application.

Report of a Case.—  A 4-year-old boy presented with a pruritic patch on the center of the forehead of 3 months' duration. The lesion had commenced as a small papule, and had attained the present size of a coin. There was no history of trauma. None of the family members or close contacts had a

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