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Dermatitis. 2014 Sep-Oct;25(5):232-45. doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000067.

Fragrance allergic contact dermatitis.

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From the *Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover; †Section of Dermatology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.


Fragrances are a common cause of allergic contact dermatitis in Europe and in North America. They can affect individuals at any age and elicit a spectrum of reactions from contact urticaria to systemic contact dermatitis. Growing recognition of the widespread use of fragrances in modern society has fueled attempts to prevent sensitization through improved allergen identification, labeling, and consumer education. This review provides an overview and update on fragrance allergy. Part 1 discusses the epidemiology and evaluation of suspected fragrance allergy. Part 2 reviews screening methods, emerging fragrance allergens, and management of patients with fragrance contact allergy. This review concludes by examining recent legislation on fragrances and suggesting potential additions to screening series to help prevent and detect fragrance allergy.

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