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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-

Povidone iodine irritant dermatitis

Viroj Wiwanitkit 
 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok Thailand 10160, Thailand

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Wiwanitkit V. Povidone iodine irritant dermatitis.Indian J Pharmacol 2010;42:55-55

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I read the publication by Murthy et al., with a great interest. [1] They reported a case of povidone iodine-induced irritant dermatitis. [1] Indeed, povidone iodine-induced dermatitis is not extremely rare. There are several reports of irritant and allergic dermatitis due to povidone iodine. Severe anaphylaxis due to povidone iodine is also mentioned in literature. [2] Indeed, the differential diagnosis between both conditions is sometimes difficult and needs specific allergic tests. [3] However, in this case report, [3] Murthy et al., did not reach this step. In addition, it should be noted that the irritant condition due to povidone iodine usually relates to an outdated solution. [4] The data on the expired date of povidone iodine should be assessed in every case of povidone iodine dermatitis.


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