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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-17

Patch Testing In Soldiers : An Evaluation

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N. S Walia

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Our study concerns contact sensitization in soldiers, the frequency of which is poorly documented. During a six-year period, 128 patients of age range 17-50 years were patch tested with the Indian standard battery of 30 allergens. We obtained a reaction in 23 (18%) of our patients. Nickel sulfate, fragrance mix, wool alcohol and parthenium induced most of the positive responses. In addition, an irritant reaction was seen in 16 (12.5%) of our patients. Patients of atopic dermatitis and hand/foot dermatoses evoked a high sensitivity response. Adverse effects were seen in 15 patients.

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