Colophony is a well-recognized cause of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in athletes because of its use in many sports (bowling, baseball, gymnastics, etc.) to enhance grip and it represents a known cause of ACD to adhesive medical tapes. Inspite of this, ACD to colophony from protective adhesive finger taping used by volleyball players does not appear in literature. It may be argued that the actual occurrence of ACD to colophony contained in protective adhesive finger taping could be underestimated as many cases may be misdiagnosed and patch tests are not always performed. Furthermore newer forms of finger support made of more advanced materials have become available and may sometimes take the place of older types of adhesive tape, like the one we analysed. We describe the case of an 18-year-old girl who developed an eczematous reaction on the back and palmar surface of the third and fourth fingers of the left hand that relapsed after each volleyball training or match. The girl resulted sensibilized to colophony contained in protective adhesive tape that she wore on her fingers every time she played volleyball.

Allergic contact dermatitis in a volleyball player due to protective adhesive taping.

CORAZZA, Monica;MINGHETTI, Sara;BENETTI, Simonetta;MARCHETTI, Nicola;BORGHI, Alessandro;VIRGILI, Anna
2011

Abstract

Colophony is a well-recognized cause of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in athletes because of its use in many sports (bowling, baseball, gymnastics, etc.) to enhance grip and it represents a known cause of ACD to adhesive medical tapes. Inspite of this, ACD to colophony from protective adhesive finger taping used by volleyball players does not appear in literature. It may be argued that the actual occurrence of ACD to colophony contained in protective adhesive finger taping could be underestimated as many cases may be misdiagnosed and patch tests are not always performed. Furthermore newer forms of finger support made of more advanced materials have become available and may sometimes take the place of older types of adhesive tape, like the one we analysed. We describe the case of an 18-year-old girl who developed an eczematous reaction on the back and palmar surface of the third and fourth fingers of the left hand that relapsed after each volleyball training or match. The girl resulted sensibilized to colophony contained in protective adhesive tape that she wore on her fingers every time she played volleyball.
Corazza, Monica; Minghetti, Sara; Benetti, Simonetta; Marchetti, Nicola; Borghi, Alessandro; Virgili, Anna
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