Acute Irritant Contact Folliculitis in a Galvanizer
Metal compounds and halogens (e.g., nickel, chromium, mercury, arsenic, iodide, and fluoride) may provoke pustular patch test reactions in man [2, 3]. Such reactions are more common in patients with atopic dermatitis. The pustular reaction pattern is often not reproducible on repetition in the clinical situation . Wahlberg and Maibach  developed an animal model (the rabbit) which in a reproducible way could identify contact pustulogens (e.g., sodium lauryl sulfate and mercuric chloride). For some chemicals (e.g., nickel sulfate, potassium iodide, and sodium arsenate) it was necessary to damage the skin to obtain pustules.
We present a case of presumed contact pustular folliculitis in a galvanizer.
KeywordsZinc Nickel Mercury Chromium Corticosteroid
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