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Actas Dermosifiliogr. 2012 Dec;103(10):874-879. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2012 Jul 11.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Fragrances. Part 1.

[Article in English, Spanish]

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  • 1Departamento de Dermatología, Hospital General Universitario de Alicante, Alicante, España. Electronic address:


Fragrances are a large group of substances and the second most common cause of allergic contact dermatitis in Spain. These potential allergens are extremely common and the general population is subject to continuous exposure on a daily basis. While the fragrance markers included in the current Spanish standard patch test series are good, there is room for improvement. New markers that have emerged in recent years have proven to be of value in standard series used in other countries. Diagnosing fragrance allergy has taken on even greater importance since the European Union added 26 fragrances to its list of mandatory ingredients to be specified on product labels. The aim of this review is to provide an update on allergic contact dermatitis to fragrances. We examine the main sources of exposure and clinical manifestations of this condition and propose a diagnostic and treatment protocol.

Copyright © 2011 Elsevier España, S.L. and AEDV. All rights reserved.

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