A review of the literature of reported cases of contact dermatitis to a variety of natural herbal extracts is presented. Natural extracts are commonly used ingredients in many cosmetic preparations and homeopathic remedies. Although the termnatural botanical extractsinherently purports to have beneficial and benign properties, these extracts can cause adverse reactions in individuals. As such, dermatologists should be cognizant of these agents as possible sources of allergenicity in patients presenting with contact dermatitis.
From the Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY.
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