ALLERGIC CONTACT DERMATITIS TO NEOPRENE
Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) to a neoprene-containing knee brace. Note the rash at the site of contact over the left knee, but a systemic reaction elsewhere (see additional photos below as well).
- Neoprene was voted "Allergen of the Year" for 2009 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.
- The chemical name is mixed dialkyl thiourea.
- It may be found in wet suits for diving, rubber weather stripping, neoprene rubber gloves, orthopedic knee and elbow sleeves, knee braces, swim goggles, waders for fishing, insoles of athletic shoes, and keyboard wrist support.
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