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January 1979

Dermatitis After Exposure to a Garden Plant (Euphorbia myrsinites)

Author Affiliations

From the Intermountain Regional Poison Control Center (Mr Spoerke and Dr Temple), and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy (Mr Spoerke) and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah College of Medicine (Dr Temple), Salt Lake City.

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(1):28-29. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130010034004

• Six pediatric cases of erythematous, papulovescicular skin eruptions were due to exposure to Euphorbia myrsinites. These rashes may be confused with allergies, infections, or other dermatoses. Symptoms followed two to eight hours after exposure to the irritant sap, they increased in severity for an additional 12 hours, and they resolved within three to four days. No sequelae were noticed. Treatment indicated was pain relief, prevention of infection, and reduction of swelling.

(Am J Dis Child 133:28-29, 1979)

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