Contact Dermatitis • Contact Points
WIDESPREAD ECZEMA IN AN ELDERLY PATIENT • PANASOFF
Widespread eczema in an elderly patient
Allergy Department, Clalit Health Services, Lin Medical Centre, 35152 Haifa, Israel
Key words: case report; contact allergy; methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiazolinone.
Contact dermatitis (CD) typically manifests as persistent
or recurrent localized dermatitis caused by close and fre-
quent contact between allergens and specic skin areas.
This characteristic differentiates it from most other types
Correspondence: Josef Panasoff, M.D., Allergy Department, Lin Medical
Centre, 35 Rothschild Blv., Haifa, Israel. Tel: +97248568433.
Conﬂicts of interest: None declared.
of dermatitis, and makes its diagnosis easier. Here, a case
of CD in terms of diffuse dermatitis in an elderly person is
A 68-year-old male pensioner presented to our depart-
ment complaining of an itchy rash that had recurred
for almost 2 years. Discrete dry erythematous eczema
plaques together with secondary scratch signs were
widely scattered on his skin. He had already consulted
his family doctor and several skin specialists. Cosmetic
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