Contact dermatitis in children
1 Department of Paediatrics. Fatebenefratelli-Melloni Hospitals - Milan, Italy
2 Department of Technology for Health, Dermatological Clinic, IRCCS Galeazzi Hospital, University of Milan - Milan, Italy
Italian Journal of Pediatrics 2010, 36:2 doi:10.1186/1824-7288-36-2Published: 13 January 2010
Contact dermatitis in pediatric population is a common but (previously) under recognized disease. It is usually divided into the allergic and the irritant forms.
The diagnosis is usually obtained with the patch test technique after conducting a thorough medical history and careful physical examination but patch testing in infants may be particularly difficult, and false-positive reactions may occur.
This study also provides an overview of the most common allergens in pediatric population and discusses various therapeutic modalities.