Allergic contact dermatitis to topical antibiotics: Epidemiology, responsible allergens, and management

Kathryn A. Gehrig, Erin M. Warshaw

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Abstract

Topical antibiotics are widely used to treat cutaneous, ocular, and otic infections. Allergic contact dermatitis to topical antibiotics is a rare but well-documented side effect, especially in at-risk populations. The purpose of this article is to review the epidemiology, responsible allergens, and management of allergic contact dermatitis to topical antibiotics. Learning objective: After completing this learning activity, participants should be able to describe the epidemiology of allergic contact dermatitis related to topical antibiotics; show knowledge of the most common allergenic topical antibiotics; and understand the allergenic cross-reactivity pattern amongst topical antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

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