Agave americanais a low-growing thick-leaved subtropical plant used largely for ornamental purposes in the southwestern United States. The sap within the plant leaves contains calcium oxalate crystals, acrid oils, saponins, and other compounds. Despite widespread use and exposure to these irritants, Agave-induced contact dermatitis has been rarely reported. The following is a report of a case of Agave-induced dermatitis in an otherwise healthy patient.
From the Department of Dermatology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX.
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