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World J Dermatol. May 2, 2015; 4(2): 95-102
Published online May 2, 2015. doi: 10.5314/wjd.v4.i2.95
Review of allergic contact dermatitis: Scratching the surface
Gil S Weintraub, Isabella Nga Lai, Christina N Kim
Gil S Weintraub, Isabella Nga Lai, Christina N Kim, UCLA Division of Dermatology, Los Angeles, CA 90095, United States
Isabella Nga Lai, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305, United States
Author contributions: Weintraub GS drafted and edited this manuscript for content; Lai IN and Kim CN edited this manuscript for content.
Conflict-of-interest: None.
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Correspondence to: Christina N Kim, MD, UCLA Division of Dermatology, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6957, United States.
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Received: October 7, 2014
Peer-review started: October 8, 2014
First decision: November 27, 2014
Revised: December 28, 2014
Accepted: January 18, 2015
Article in press: January 20, 2015
Published online: May 2, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) affects approximately 20% of the adult population and results in over four million lost work days per year in the United States. Continuing advances in the study of ACD have led to an increased understanding of the disease processes, new methods for diagnosis, and improved approaches for treatment. This article discusses ACD holistically, aiming to connect recent investigational data with current clinical understanding to review disease pathophysiology, diagnostic techniques, as well as management strategies.