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Contact Sensitivity to Nonoxynols: A Cause of Intolerance to Antiseptic Preparations

  • A. Dooms-Goossens
  • A. Gidi de Alam
  • H. Degreef
Conference paper

Abstract

Seven cases of allergic contact dermatitis to antiseptic preparations are presented in which the reactions were caused not by active principles, but rather by nonoxynols used in the offending substances as nonionic surface-active agents.

Key words

Nonoxynol Contact allergy Antiseptics 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Dooms-Goossens
    • 1
  • A. Gidi de Alam
    • 1
  • H. Degreef
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical Research (Dermatology)Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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