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Hautarzt. 2002 Feb;53(2):93-7.

[Plant-induced toxic and allergic dermatitis (phytodermatitis)].

[Article in German]

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Universitätshautklinik, Haupstrasse 7, 79104 Freiburg. schempp@haut.ukl.uni-freiburg.de

Abstract

Herbal products are being used increasingly for medical or cosmetic purposes. Many cosmetics contain plant extracts for fragrance. Sensitizing plants in cosmetics are tea tree oil, arnica, chamomile, yarrow, citrus extracts, common ivy, aloe, lavender, peppermint, and others. However, the sensitizing potential of these plants varies. Most of the sensitizing substances are sesquiterpene lactones or terpenes. The present paper reviews the various forms of phytodermatitis, including irritant plant dermatitis, phototoxic and photo-allergic dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, and airborne contact dermatitis.

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