Abstract Number: 20

Pustular contact dermatitis from C hlorhexidine impregnated dressing– Chlorhexidine and its potential for reactions

P. Peters , M. Craft , C.Lu , J. Garja , G. Bennett , A.C. Miller ,

Meeting: 2013 Dermcoll

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Session Title: Lasers Symposium

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Chlorhexidine is a commonly used antiseptic agent used
prior to numerous invasive procedures, providing coverage
against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria and
is used for disinfecting skin as either a surgical scrub, hand
wash or disinfectant agent. It has a good safety profi le,
however there are reported cases of adverse reactions to
chlorhexidine throughout the literature, including urticaria,
contact dermatitis, hypersensitivity, photosensitivity
and anaphylaxis. We report the case of a pustular contact dermatitis following application of topical chlorhexidine followed by a chlorhexidine impregnated dressing during the insertion of a central venous catheter for chemotherapy purposes. This is the fi rst reported localised reaction to chlorhexidine impregnated dressings.