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Am J Contact Dermat. 1997 Dec; 8(4): 250-1.

Allergic contact dermatitis from aromatherapy.

Weiss RR, James WD.

Department of Dermatology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.

Allergic contact dermatitis secondary to aromatherapy has been only rarely reported. We present 39-year-old woman who had used aromatherapy products for approximately 2 to 3 years who presented with an erythematous eruption on her face and chest. Patch testing showed a positive reaction to neomycin and fragrance mix. On cessation of her aromatherapy products, her eruption rapidly resolved. Aromatherapy products containing essential oils may need to be considered as a cause of allergic contact dermatitis because of the increasing popularity of this treatment.

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