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Spring 1999, Vol. 7 No. 1

H.K. Dermatol. Venereol. Bull. (1999) 7, 4-10

Original Article

An Investigation of Contact Allergy in 217 Hong Kong Children with Atopic and Non-atopic Dermatitis

KY Chan

This study attempts to determine the incidence of contact allergy in children in Hong Kong and to see if any difference in the incidence of contact allergy exists between children with non-atopic and atopic dermatitis. It also attempts to identify the common contact allergens for children in Hong Kong. 217 children under 16 were classified into non-atopic and atopic dermatitis groups and there was no significant difference found between them. Nickel was the most common allergen in both groups. The children with atopic dermatitis were more sensitive to medicament groups. Traditional Chinese medicament was found to be a common contact allergen in Chinese children.