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Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2015 Apr;15(4):17. doi: 10.1007/s11882-015-0518-0.

The Role of Textiles in Dermatitis: An Update.

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Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, 9500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44195, USA,


Dermatitis has important implications for individuals who are affected. It can significantly impair function and quality of life. Dermatitis is multi-factorial and often includes elements of atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, and irritant contact dermatitis in a co-existent manner. Textiles are in contact with the human skin for extended periods of time and as a result, they are an important part of the cutaneous environment. Thus, it is not surprising that textiles play a major role in both the etiology and the treatment of various types of dermatitis. This review discusses the role of textiles in dermatitis with an emphasis on interesting and recent advances, trends, perspectives, gaps, and conflicts in the field. In addition, we mention other disease processes to be aware of as they can often mimic textile pattern dermatitis. Lastly, we provide a diagnostic approach for patients presenting with textile pattern dermatitis.

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