Metal allergy is a common cause of both acute and chronic dermatitis. This review examines the changing prevalence of metal allergy, methods of patch testing with metals, features of airborne and photoallergic contact dermatitis to metals, the role of dietary metals in metal allergy, and novel therapeutic attempts for metal dermatitis. Metals rarely reported to cause metal allergy are specifically reviewed.
From the Division of Dermatology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY.
Address reprint requests to Joseph F. Fowler, Jr, MD, 310 E Broadway, #100, Louisville, KY 40202.
© 1990 Decker Publishing Inc.