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Sofa dermatitis – the rise and fall of an allergen

An outbreak of contact dermatitis can be exciting and challenging to investigate. Occasionally, a series of cases involving sensitisation to a particular allergen emerges. One such outbreak occurred in 2006. This short article sets out the story of how the problem arose, and how, with good communication and international collaboration between centres investigating contact dermatitis, the cause was identified and the problem largely eliminated.
Dermatology in practice 2013; 19(1): 16–17
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