Tefillin dermatitis

Akiva Trattner*, Michael David

*Corresponding author for this work

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Tefillin (phylacteries) are a religious article worn by observant Jewish men. Only two cases of allergic contact dermatitis from tefillin have been reported previously. We describe 7 new cases of tefillin contact dermatitis and review the literature on contact allergy caused by religious objects and practices. All our patients had contact allergy to potassium dichromate, which was the only allergen relevant to tefillin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-833
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2005


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