Allergic contact dermatitis to propolis

Ting, P.T.; Silver, S.

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology Jdd 3(6): 685-686


ISSN/ISBN: 1545-9616
PMID: 15624755
Document Number: 8229
A 35-year-old Asian woman was referred to the dermatology clinic with a 2-week history of enlarging, fluid-filled, pruritic lesions on the right foot. The affected area had a recent history of minor trauma for which the patient applied an over-the-counter propolis ointment. At presentation, the patient was also noted to have been using the following, as prescribed by her primary care physician: valacyclovir, ciprofloxacin, terbinafine cream, mupirocin ointment, and 2% hydrocortisone cream. No clinical improvement was observed with these agents. Examination revealed grouped erythematous papules progressing into vesicles and bulla on the lateral side of the right foot. A KOH scraping was negative. We diagnosed the patient with allergic contact dermatitis to propolis.

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Allergic contact dermatitis to propolis