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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 3, n° 3
pages 299-302 (septembre 1980)
Doi : 10.1016/S0190-9622(80)80193-9
Clinical and laboratory studies

Perfume sensitivity in adult females : A study of contact sensitivity to a perfume mix in two groups of student nurses

Jere D. Guin, M.D. , Virginia K. Berry
 Kokomo, IN, USA 

1Reprint requests to: Dr. Jere D. Guin, 804 South Berkley Rd., Kokomo, IN 46901.

The incidence of contact sensitivity to a perfume mix was investigated in two groups of student nurses by questionnaire and patch testing. Twenty-nine of ninety gave a history of dermatitis on exposure to fragrances or perfumed cosmetics. Fifteen of eighty-five showed a positive patch test reaction to a perfume mix comprising 2% concentrations of eight different perfume ingredients, and twelve of the fifteen had a positive history. Chi-square analysis of the data indicates that the results of the two methods of measurement are significantly related (p < 0.0001).

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* We would like to thank James A. Norton, Ph.D., for his help with the statistical analysis.

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