Penelope Jane Williams, MRCP. Clodagh King, FRCP. Vicky Arslanian, RGN.
Allergic contact dermatitis caused by a cell phone cover
Article first published online: 17 AUG 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Australasian Journal of Dermatology © 2011 The Australasian College of Dermatologists
Australasian Journal of Dermatology
Volume 53, Issue 1, pages 76–77, February 2012
How to Cite
Williams, P. J., King, C. and Arslanian, V. (2012), Allergic contact dermatitis caused by a cell phone cover. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 53: 76–77. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-0960.2011.00801.x
- Issue published online: 6 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 17 AUG 2011
- Submitted 21 June 2011; accepted 22 June 2011.
- cell phone;
- cell phone cover;
- contact allergy
We describe a case of contact dermatitis to a phone cover, which was compounded by secondary allergic contact dermatitis to topical creams used. The phone cover was advertised as being composed of silicone only. Patch testing with the cover material confirmed the diagnosis. In addition, there were positive patch test reactions to a number of allergens in the plastics and glues series from Chemotechnique Diagnostics (Malmö, Sweden). The increasing use of phone covers and the multiple positive reactions to chemicals used in plastic manufacture seen in this case suggest that similar allergic reactions may occur more frequently in the future and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of facial dermatitis.