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Patch tests should include chemicals used in false nail products, say dermatologists

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 10 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3481
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. BMJ

A growing number of people are allergic to chemicals used in false nails and gel polishes, dermatologists have warned. They have recommended that patch test series should include (meth)acrylate chemicals to detect those with allergic responses.

In an audit of 4931 patients carried out in 13 UK and Irish dermatology units during 2017, 2.4% tested positive to at least one type of (meth)acrylate—either 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (2-HEMA) (1.5%), 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (1%,) or ethyl acrylate (0.9%), which can be found in medical and other …

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