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American Contact Dermatitis Society Contact Allergy Management Program: An Epidemiologic Tool to Determine Relative Prevalence of Contact Allergens

Scheman, Andrew MD; Severson, David

doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000151
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Background Data on the prevalence of contact allergy in North America are currently reported by groups of academic contact allergy specialists at select academic centers. Sampling of data from numerous centers across North America, including practices performing more limited patch testing, would provide a broader perspective of contact allergen prevalence in North America. The American Contact Dermatitis Society Contact Allergy Management Program is an ideal tool for collection of epidemiologic data regarding contact allergy prevalence in North America.

Objective The aim of the study was to identify the relative prevalence of contact allergy to common contact allergens in North America.

Methods Mapping of Contact Allergy Management Program (CAMP) data was performed to allow analysis of how frequently searches were performed for various contact allergens. The number of searches performed for specific allergens provides a measure of the relative prevalence of contact allergy to these allergens.

Results The top 35 allergens for the period from November 18, 2012 to November 18, 2013 are reported. Although these data are useful, specific recommendations for minor alterations to CAMP are discussed, which will allow future CAMP data to be stratified and more powerful.

Conclusions With minor modifications, CAMP can provide a quantum leap in the reporting of contact allergy epidemiologic data in North America.

From the Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

Address reprint requests to Andrew Scheman, MD, 1535 Lake Cook Rd, Suite 401, Northbrook, IL 60062. Email: ajs@scheman.com.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to declare.

© 2016 American Contact Dermatitis Society
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