What are the signs and symptoms of tulip fingers?

Updated: Aug 23, 2019
  • Author: Glen H Crawford, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The family Liliaceae includes tulips, hyacinths, and asparagus.

Tulip fingers, shown below, is a combined allergic and irritant contact dermatitis caused by tulip bulbs (Tulipa species). Erythematous, scaling plaques mark the periungual skin and the fingertips, particularly the tips of the first and second fingers of the dominant hand. Pulpitis and paronychia may occur, and dermatitis can spread to the face, the neck, the arms, and the anogenital region. [13]

Tulipa species (Liliaceae). Reprinted with permiss Tulipa species (Liliaceae). Reprinted with permission from Cutis (2003;71:347-348). Copyright 2003, Quadrant HealthCom, Inc.
The coverings of tulip bulbs can cause irritant co The coverings of tulip bulbs can cause irritant contact dermatitis, and tulipalin A and B can cause allergic contact dermatitis. Reprinted with permission from Cutis (2003;71:347-348). Copyright 2003, Quadrant HealthCom, Inc.

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