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Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2014 Apr;14(4):421. doi: 10.1007/s11882-014-0421-0.

Allergic contact dermatitis in children: review of the past decade.

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Division of Dermatology, Rady Children's Hospital, University of California San Diego, 8010 Frost Street, Suite 602, San Diego, CA, 92123, USA.


Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is a type IV delayed hypersensitivity reaction. During the last decade, there has been a heightened awareness of this disease in the pediatric population. The gold standard for diagnosis is patch testing. The prevalence of positive patch tests in referred children with suspected ACD ranges from 27 to 95.6 %. The most common allergens in children in North America are nickel, neomycin, cobalt, fragrance, Myroxylon pereirae, gold, formaldehyde, lanolin/wool alcohols, thimerosal, and potassium dichromate. The relationship between ACD and atopic dermatitis (AD) is complicated with conflicting reports of prevalence in the literature; however, in a patient with dermatitis not responding to traditional therapies, or with new areas of involvement, ACD should be considered as part of the work-up.

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