Contact urticaria to formaldehyde

Authors

  • Rune Lindskov

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    1. Department of Dermatology, The Finsen Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Dr. R. Lindskov, Department of Dermatology, The Finsen Institute, 49, Strandboulevarden, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark

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Abstract

A patient developed urticaria following exposure to formaldehyde vapour. Evidence is given that this compound releases histamine from the skin of susceptible persons. The action mechanism seems to be different from IgE-mediated hypersensitivity, as the passive transfer test was negative.

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