Allergic dermatitis of the face caused by a mobile phone cover

Doctors from the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, Liverpool, UK, describe a case study of allergic contact dermatitis to a mobile phone cover advertised as being made of silicon. The patient also had secondary allergic contact dermatitis to the topical cream used to treat the allergic contact dermatitis. Patch testing of the mobile phone cover material confirmed it as the cause, and there was also positive patch testing to a number of glues and plastics in the cover. The increased use of mobile phone covers means this type of reaction may happen more frequently, and should be taken into account when diagnosing facial dermatitis.

Source: Australasian Journal of Dermatology

April 2012

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