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September 2007

Allergic Contact Dermatitis: Another Adverse Effect of Over-the-counter Topical Hydrocortisone

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(9):1209-1226. doi:10.1001/archderm.143.9.1217-a

We read with interest the commentary in the March 2007 issue of the Archives of Dermatology titled “Topical Hydrocortisone From Prescription to Over-the-Counter Sale.”1 While this article aptly describes the historical debate regarding approval for over-the-counter drug (OTC) use, it neglects to include allergic contact dermatitis from corticosteroids as 1 of the adverse effects of topical hydrocortisone.2-9

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