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Irritant contact dermatitis

Reviewer: Mowafak Hamodat MB.CH.B, MSc., FRCPC, Eastern Health, St. Johns (Canada) (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 31 July 2011, last major update July 2011
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● Due to contact with an irritant (soaps and detergents); unlike allergic contact dermatitis, prior sensitization is not required

Clinical images

Due to unknown irritant

Due to toxic plants

Micro description

● Similar to allergic contact dermatitis, but no/rare eosinophils
● May have superficial epidermal necrosis associated with intraepithelial neutrophils and scale crust

Additional references


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