Journal article

Allergic contact dermatitis in children and proposal for an Australian Paediatric Baseline Series

Claire Felmingham, Rachael Davenport, Harini Bala, Amanda Palmer, Rosemary Nixon

Australasian Journal of Dermatology | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is an increasingly common diagnosis in children. The objectives of this study were to review our experience with ACD in children in tertiary settings, to ascertain the spectrum of allergens in this population and to subsequently propose the first Australian Paediatric Baseline Series for patch testing. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of patch test data from 1993 to 2017 from two tertiary referral patch-testing centres in Melbourne, Victoria. RESULTS: A total of 511 children were patch tested during the study period. Of these, 58.3% (298/511) of children tested had a positive patch test, and 65.1% (194/298, or 38.0% of the total) ha..

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