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Common Causes of Dermatitis

by Medindia Content Team on June 27, 2006 at 5:05 PM
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Common Causes of Dermatitis

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Health Center have identified and announced the most common causes of contact dermatitis.

Dermatitis, an allergic disease with red, sore itchy rashes was caused by exposing skin to things like chemicals, medications, certain plants, jewellary, fragnance, cosmetics, metals, creams, etc.

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The July issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter lists the top 10 causes of contact dermatitis that were recently identified by Mayo Clinic researchers:

Nickel, commonly found on jewelry clasps or buttons

Gold, usually worn as jewelry

Balsam of Peru, a fragrance used in skin care products and perfume
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Thimerosal, a preservative used in vaccines

Neomycin sulfate, a topical antibiotic

Fragrance mix, which is comprised of eight of the most common flavorings found in various products

Formaldehyde, a preservative that can be found in paper products, paints, building materials, medications, household cleaners and fabric finishes

Cobalt chloride, a metal found in medical products, hair dye, antiperspirants, and in snaps, buttons and tools

Bacitracin, a topical antibiotic

Quaternium-15, a preservative found in skin care products and in industrial products such as paints, polishes and waxes

Skin allergy patch testing can confirm allergies to these substances.

Source: Newswise
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