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Contact Dermatitis. 2007 Aug;57(2):120-1.

Recurrent allergic contact dermatitis due to allergen transfer by sunglasses.

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Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre, Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc., Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia.


Tea tree oil (Melaleuca oil) is an essential oil, distilled predominantly from the leaves of the Australian plant, Melaleuca alternifolia. This species is unique to Australia and native to New South Wales. Allergic contact dermatitis to tea tree oil is well recognized and is becoming increasingly common in Australia (1, 2).

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