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Depigmented contact dermatitis due to incense.

Authors
  • Hayakawa, R
  • Matsunaga, K
  • Arima, Y
Type
Published Article
Journal
Contact dermatitis
Publication Date
May 01, 1987
Volume
16
Issue
5
Pages
272–274
Identifiers
PMID: 3621927
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A 63-year-old male school teacher with itchy depigmented macules on his left dorsum manus, left shoulder and abdomen presented at our clinic on 8 July 1986. He had practiced the incense ceremony for about 15 years, and had burnt several incenses and sandalwood. 48 h closed patch testing revealed perfume in the incenses was the cause. We assumed that perfume in the incense was volatized in air when incense was burnt; skin surface contact occurred with airborne particle, which dissolved in sebum; thus allergic contact dermatitis accompanied by depigmentation might arise.

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