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Unbearable wearables

  • Author(s): Wei, Jenny J
  • Hayward, Elizabeth May
  • Leung, Thomas H
  • Rosenbach, Misha
  • et al.
Creative Commons 'BY-NC-ND' version 4.0 license

As wearable devices play an increasing role in the management of health and disease, adverse skin reactions to wearables have become more common. However, the management of allergic contact dermatitis is challenging and new treatment options more compatible with wearable devices are needed. In a 40-year-old woman with contact dermatitis to a continuous glucose monitoring device, topical clobetasol propionate 0.05% spray proved to be an effective treatment that was compatible with the application of adhesive wearables. This case demonstrates that spray formulations of topical steroids are a good option for the treatment of dermatitis under wearable devices such as continuous glucose monitors or ostomy appliance.

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