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Allergic contact dermatitis from tea tree oil

@article{Tully2007AllergicCD,
  title={Allergic contact dermatitis from tea tree oil},
  author={Amber S. Tully and James S. Studdiford},
  journal={The Consultant},
  year={2007},
  volume={47},
  pages={781-781}
}
The sudden appearance of a pruritic confluent erythematous rash on the anterior neck and upper back prompted a 30-year-old woman to seek medical attention. She had recently started applying 5% tea tree oil to the area to treat chronic, recurrent tinea versicolor. An herbal specialist had recommended this therapy. 
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