Air Bags and the Skin

Monica Corazza, MD; Silvana Trincone, MD; Maria Rosaria Zampino, MD; Annarosa Virgili, MD

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Irritant Dermatitis

Irritant dermatitis may be caused by the mixture of gases and abrasive powders, and even by talc, released under pressure. The upper chest, arms, and face may show erythema, swelling, and purpura. Pruritus, burning, and stinging are the most frequently reported symptoms. Dermatitis usually resolves in a few days with a scaling reaction and pigmentation changes.[5,6] To our knowledge, no cases of allergic contact dermatitis due to the substances released have been described.

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