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Alternatives for Allergens in the 2018 American Contact Dermatitis Society Core Series

Report by the American Contact Alternatives Group

Scheman, Andrew, MD*; Hylwa-Deufel, Sara, MD; Jacob, Sharon E., MD; Katta, Rajani, MD§; Nedorost, Susan, MD; Warshaw, Erin, MD; Eifrid, Kathryn, BS; Geiser, Andrew J., BS#; McGaughey, Lauren, BS**; Scheman, Nicole, BA††; Kimyon, Rebecca, BS‡‡; Rundle, Chandler, BS§§; Shaver, Rob, BS∥∥

doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000453

The most successful treatment for contact allergy is allergen avoidance. Patient improvement ultimately relies on identification of safe alternative products, which can be used by the patient. “Safe” personal care product options can typically be found using ingredient database programs. Avoidance of allergens in other products (ie, shoes, clothing, dental care, etc) is often challenging. In this article, the American Contact Alternatives Group discusses how to find specific safe alternatives for the 80 allergens on the American Contact Dermatitis Society core allergen series (Dermatitis. 2017;28:141–143). The alternatives listed in this article are accurate as of the date of publication; however, the availability of these alternatives may change in the future (disclaimer).

From the *Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL;

University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis;

Loma Linda University School of Medicine, CA;

§McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston Baylor College of Medicine, TX;

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, OH;

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN;

#University of Illinois, Champaign; and

**DePaul University, Chicago, IL;

††Kenyon College, Gambier, OH;

‡‡University of Wisconsin, Madison;

§§Loma Linda University, CA; and

∥∥University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Address reprint requests to Andrew Scheman, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, North Shore Center for Medical Aesthetics, 1535 Lake Cook Rd, #401, Northbrook, IL 60062. E-mail:

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

© 2019 American Contact Dermatitis Society
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