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Indian Dermatol Online J. 2012 May;3(2):89-100. doi: 10.4103/2229-5178.96698.

Parthenium the terminator: An update.

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Department of Dermatology, PSG Hospitals and PSGIMSR, Coimbatore - 641 004, Tamil Nadu, India.


Parthenium dermatitis is a distressing dermatitis caused by the air borne allergen of the Compositae weed Parthenium hysterophorus. Uncommon presentations, newer insights in pathogenesis and management of this "scourge" are discussed in this article.


Atopic dermatitis; parthenium dermatitis; patch and prick test; type I hypersensitivity; type IV hypersensitivity

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