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Dermatology. 2012;224(4):292-4. doi: 10.1159/000338890. Epub 2012 Jun 1.

Five cases of contact dermatitis to a trendy pet.

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Service de dermatologie et allergologie, Hôpital Tenon, AP-HP, Paris, France.

Abstract

Skin contact with animal hair may induce contact urticaria (syndrome) or protein contact dermatitis. We report here 5 cases of dermatitis due to contact with ferrets kept as pets. The nature of the skin lesions, i.e. eczematous dermatitis, as well as the history of our 5 cases point to protein contact dermatitis. Further studies are requested to confirm this hypothesis and to identify the mechanisms and allergens. Physicians must be aware of the possibility of contact dermatitis with ferrets, especially when the patient has no previous history of atopic dermatitis and presents dermatitis of the neck, arm and around mouth.

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22677934
DOI:
10.1159/000338890
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