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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 74, n° 6
pages 1043-1054 (juin 2016)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.02.1144
accepted : 8 February 2015
Continuing Medical Education

Allergic contact dermatitis : Patient management and education

Christen M. Mowad, MD a, , Bryan Anderson, MD b, Pamela Scheinman, MD c, Suwimon Pootongkam, MD d, e, Susan Nedorost, MD d, Bruce Brod, MD f
a Department of Dermatology, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania 
b Department of Dermatology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania 
c Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 
d Department of Dermatology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio 
e Department of Dermatology, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand 
f Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Correspondence to: Christen M. Mowad, MD, Department of Dermatology, Geisinger Medical Center, 100 N Academy Ave, Danville, PA 17821.

Allergic contact dermatitis is a common diagnosis resulting from exposure to a chemical or chemicals in a patient's personal care products, home, or work environment. Once patch testing has been performed, the education and management process begins. After the causative allergens have been identified, patient education is critical to the proper treatment and management of the patient. This must occur if the dermatitis is to resolve. Detailed education is imperative, and several resources are highlighted. Photoallergic contact dermatitis and occupational contact dermatitis are other considerations a clinician must keep in mind.

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Key words : allergen, allergic contact dermatitis, eczema, occupational contact dermatitis, patch testing, photoallergic contact dermatitis, systemic contact dermatitis

Abbreviations used : ACD, ACDS, BRM, NACDG, OCD, PACD, PCP, PPD, SCD, ROAT

 Funding sources: None.
 Conflicts of interest: None declared.
 Date of release: June 2016
 Expiration date: June 2019

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