HAND DERMATITIS, ALLERGIC
By Gary M. White, MD
This patient was patch test-positive to a paraben in a hand cleanser at his work.
- Allergic contact dermatitis may cause a chronic hand dermatitis.
- Nickel allergy may cause a pompholyx-pattern of hand dermatitis from consumption of nickel-containing foods.
- Patch testing is diagnostic.
- Avoiding the allergen is therapeutic.
Hand dermatitis caused by a nickel allergy. Three of her keys tested positive for nickel using the dimethylglyoxime test. Changing keys greatly improved the eruption.
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