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Hautarzt. 1990 Nov;41(11):602-5.

[Inflammation-inhibiting effect of magnesium ions in contact eczema reactions].

[Article in German]

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Universitäts-Hautklinik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Charité.


Water containing high concentrations of magnesium ions (e.g. Dead Sea water) is effective in the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases. Therefore, we examined the influence of Mg2+ on inflammation in allergic contact dermatitis induced by 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene (DNCB) in BALB/c mice. Animals challenged with 0.125% DNCB in the presence of magnesium chloride (28% and 14%) demonstrated significantly less pronounced contact dermatitis (ear swelling) than did animals challenged with DNCB alone (p less than 0.001 and p less than 0.01). In mice challenged with DNCB in combination with sodium chloride (14%) there was no statistically significant difference in the degree of ear swelling. These results were borne out in 5 patients known to be allergic to nickel, in whom magnesium chloride but not sodium chloride, suppressed nickel sulphate-induced contact dermatitis.

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