Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Sexual and Gender Minority Patients: Disparities and a Call to Action

Anuk Burli, Jamie P. Schlarbaum, Walter J. Liszewski, Matthew D. Mansh, Howard I. Maibach

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Objectives: Sexual and gender minority (SGM) patients face health issues relevant to dermatologists, such as allergic contact dermatitis (ACD); however, there is a lack of information surrounding common allergens causing ACD that disproportionally affect SGM patients. Methods: Covidence, Embase, MEDLINE, PubMed, Web of Science, and Google Scholar were searched to identify relevant articles studying ACD in the SGM population. Results: Common allergens associated with ACD in SGM patients include nitrates, fragrance mix, methylisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone-methylchloroisothiazolinone, topical antibiotics, and allergens seen in chest binders. Common anatomic sites included the chest, cheeks, perioral region, nasal orifices, and the anogenital region. Conclusions: Certain allergens and body sites affected by ACD are more common among the SGM community. This can help guide patch testing as a diagnostic tool. Further research must be conducted regarding ACD in SGM patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-32
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2023

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