Ronald R. Brancaccio

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Many advances in the cosmetic industry have increased our ability to enhance youth and beauty. Hair-coloring products are one such innovation. Over the past several decades, a significant amount of work has been dedicated to understanding the possible long-term side effects associated with hair-dye use, specifically looking at cancer risk. This paper(More)
BACKGROUND Temporary black henna tattoos are very popular as body adornment. Although contact allergy to natural henna is unusual, the inclusion of hair dye, p-phenylenediamine (PPD), increases the risk of contact sensitization. OBJECTIVE This study was performed to identify the presence and concentration of PPD in a black henna tattoo mixture to which(More)
Corticosteroids are used to treat a variety of medical conditions. While topical preparations are known to commonly cause allergic contact dermatits, systemic use of these drugs rarely causes cutaneous reactions. (This paper presents) Two cases of (systemic) injectable corticosteroid use resulting in delayed hypersensitivity reactions are presented.
BACKGROUND The "gold standard" for diagnosing allergic contact dermatitis is patch testing. Previous studies have not adequately addressed the validity and usefulness of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group (NACDG) Standard 65-allergen series alone as a screening tool in the evaluation of contact dermatitis. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is(More)
The results of an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)-sponsored survey on the use and effectiveness of patch testing are presented. Academy members' responses indicate that 27% do not patch test at all. Reasons given for not testing included (1) the patient history was adequate for diagnosis, (2) patch testing was too time-consuming, and (3) reimbursement(More)
BACKGROUND The panel of patch test allergens used for the evaluation of patients with suspected photoallergy typically does not include plant and pesticide allergens. The prevalence of allergic contact dermatitis and photoallergic contact dermatitis to plant and pesticide allergens was determined for this subgroup of patients. OBSERVATION Positive(More)
Contact allergies to foods, spices, and food additives can occur to individuals in the workplace or at home. Seven different reaction types have been described. These include irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, contact urticaria, protein contact dermatitis, phototoxic contact dermatitis, photo-allergic contact dermatitis, and systemic(More)
The field of cutaneous allergy has enjoyed dynamic research advances in epidemiology and clinical contact dermatitis. Studies regarding outcomes analysis, validity, predictive value, and sensitivity have allowed clinicians to better understand the importance of patch test results. In the clinical arena, new and clinically relevant allergens are being(More)
Acne vulgaris (AV) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that affects millions of people. Psychologic disorders such as depression, anxiety, and body dysmorphic disorder are common in patients with AV and the reported prevalence of suicidal ideation and suicide completion in acne patients also is remarkable. Part 1 of this series provided an overview of(More)