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Coral contact dermatitis

  • Author(s): Jefferson, Julie
  • Thompson, Curtis
  • Hinshaw, Molly
  • Rich, Phoebe
  • et al.
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Abstract

Corals can elicit both toxic and allergic reactions upon contact with the skin. Clinical presentations vary depending on whether the reaction is acute, delayed, or chronic. Literature concerning cutaneous reactions to corals and other Cnidarians is scarce. Herein we report a case of delayed contact hypersensitivity reaction to coral and review the clinical and histopathological features of coral contact dermatitis.

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