Colors and contact dermatitis

Domenico Bonamonte, Caterina Foti, Paolo Romita, Michelangelo Vestita, Gianni Angelini

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Abstract

The diagnosis of skin diseases relies on several clinical signs, among which color is of paramount importance. In this review, we consider certain clinical presentations of both eczematous and noneczematous contact dermatitis in which color plays a peculiar role orientating toward the right diagnosis. The conditions that will be discussed include specific clinical-morphologic subtypes of eczematous contact dermatitis, primary melanocytic, and nonmelanocytic contact hyperchromia, black dermographism, contact chemical leukoderma, and others. Based on the physical, chemical, and biologic factors underlying a healthy skin color, the various skin shades drawing a disease picture are thoroughly debated, stressing their etiopathogenic origins and histopathologic aspects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalDermatitis
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Medicine(all)

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    Bonamonte, D., Foti, C., Romita, P., Vestita, M., & Angelini, G. (2014). Colors and contact dermatitis. Dermatitis, 25(4), 155-162. https://doi.org/10.1097/DER.0000000000000046