Allergic contact dermatitis to oestradiol patches might have been expected

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7125.149b (Published 10 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:149
  1. Kapila Batta, Registrar in dermatologya,
  2. Iain S Foulds, Consultant dermatologista
  1. a Birmingham Skin Centre, City Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham B18 7QH

    Editor—In their comparison of two transdermal oestradiol patches Ross et al conclude that matrix patches of oestradiol irritate the skin less than reservoir patches.1 They do not, however, distinguish between irritant and allergic skin reactions.

    Allergic contact dermatitis is specific to a particular agent and has been reported as due to various components of the oestradiol patch …

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