Irritant contact dermatitis from an ornamental Euphorbia

Sophie M. Worobec*, Thomas A. Hickey, A. Douglas Kinghorn, Djaja D. Soejarto, Dennis West

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An ornamental succulent plant sold in many plant stores in the Chicago area has been identified as Euphorbia hermentiana Lem, Open and closed patch testing using undiluted latex from this species was performed on five Caucasian volunteers. Open testing on flexor forearms resulted in irrilant follicular dermatitis, while closed testing to the flexor surfaces of both upper arms in each subject produced bullae and vesiculation with residual desquamation and hyperpigmentation. Dermatological signs persisted for over a week following latex application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-22
Number of pages4
JournalContact Dermatitis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1981


  • Euphorbia hermentiana. Lem.
  • irrilant contact dermatitis
  • ordarnental plant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Dermatology


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