Contact dermatitis: An important consideration in leg ulcers

Afsaneh Alavi, Alina Goldenberg, Sharon Jacob, Amanda Shelley, Robert S. Kirsner

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The prevalence of chronic wounds is increasing with the aging population, with 1% to 2% of the worldwide population experiencing leg ulcers and positive patch tests reported in up to 75% of this population. With the introduction of modern dressings and compression therapies, clinicians should be cognizant of the potential risk of contact dermatitis in patients with leg ulcers. Contact dermatitis (both allergic and irritant) to wound products may present as maceration, pain, and overall impaired wound healing. Herein, we review the literature on contact dermatitis to wound-care products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Women's Dermatology
StateAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Allergic
  • Chronic wounds
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Irritant
  • Leg ulcers
  • Patch test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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