Dermatitis from contact with Agave americana

H. Golan*, M. Landau, I. Goldberg, S. Brenner

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Various plants induce dermatitis in man. There have been only a few published cases of contact dermatitis caused by Agave americana (AA). We report intentional exposure to AA in a soldier seeking sick leave, and review our previously reported cases. Treatment with oral antihistamines and topical saline compresses resulted in subsidence of the systemic symptoms within 24 h and regression of cutaneous manifestations in 7-10 days. Physicians should be alert to the possibility of self-inflicted contact dermatitis induced by exposure to plants, especially to A. americana. Systemic signs may accompany the cutaneous lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-278, 326
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Oct 2000
Externally publishedYes


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