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European Society of Contact Dermatitis

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How to patch


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Are you in doubt about a diagnosis, the choice of an allergen or just curious?

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…to guidelines, master classes, reference books, the journal Contact Dermatitis and participate in task forces influencing policies in Europe.

The European Society of Contact Dermatitis (ESCD) is the leading source of expertise, in the field of cutaneous allergy, environmental and occupational dermatitis.

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and guidelines

Recommendations of the European
Society of Contact Dermatitis

many open access in:

Contact Dermatitis

About the

Patch testing book

Patch Testing 5th Edition

The full text of Anton de Groot’s well-known book Patch Testing (5th edition, 2022) is available to all members of the Society. A big thank you from The Executive Committee goes out to Dr de Groot for his generous donation of the book.

How to inform patients

The ESCD has written patient information leaflets for allergens within the baseline series. They were designed to be provided to patients at the time of consultation so that the applicability of advice and relevance can be tailored to the individual by their physician.

Contact Dermatitis

The Journal Contact Dermatitis is the official journal of the ESCD. It publishes scientific discoveries in the field of cutaneous allergy, environmental and occupational dermatitis, including chemical aspects, immunology, and drug reactions. Its impact factor is (2021):6.4

(free for members)

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💡What's new in contact allergy research? 🧐Fascinating work by Mraz et al. show that JAML (an adhesion molecule) can support inflammatory responses in a mouse model of contact allergy. Read more here: ... See MoreSee Less
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