ACD NAIL COSMETICS
Some people may have sensitivity to one or more of the different chemical components that make up these nail cosmetics. Sensitivity to the offending agent may cause allergic contact dermatitis and/or irritant contact dermatitis not only around the nail area but also around areas that are commonly touched such as the eyelids, mouth and chin, and sides of the neck. Nail cosmetic allergy may also lead to nail diseases such as paronychia, onycholysis and other nail dystrophies.
- ACD may occur to any of a variety of nail cosmetics, e.g. enamels--varnish/polish, nail enamel removers, cuticle removers and artificial nails.
- An irritant CD is in the differential.
- the rash will typically occur about the nail, but also commonly occurs on the face where the fingers touch the skin, especially about the eyelids (eyelid dermatitis).
Courtesy Michael O. Murphy, MD
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