What are the sexual predilections of plant-related dermatitis?

Updated: Aug 23, 2019
  • Author: Glen H Crawford, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Sex variations in the prevalence of sensitization to allergens reflect prior exposure and not innate differences in the sexes. [3]

Toxicodendron -related dermatoses occur equally in both sexes. In the United States, ragweed dermatitis almost exclusively affects men. In Europe, dermatitis due to Primula species occurs predominantly in women. In India, Parthenium hysterophorus dermatitis (ie, scourge of India) affects men more often than women or children; the male-to-female ratio is 20:1. [4]


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