Contact allergy is the most common form of delayed type hypersensitivity. The diagnosis of contact allergy is made with the patch test based on a targeted medical history. Recently a European guideline has been published with a complete but concise description of the background, indi-cation, technique and interpretation of the patch test . A large epidemiological study in 5 European countries showed that 27% of the representative sample of the general population had at least one positive reactions to contact allergens included in the European baseline series . This series is tested in each patient, as it contains the most relevant contact allergens in the general population. Usually, this set of 62 contact allergens , is complemen-ted by special test series of commercial contact allergens tailored to individual exposures (e.g. hair cosmetics, rubber, resins, metals) in order to increase the likelihood of positive clinically relevant results.
|Translated title of the contribution||Allergens that are relevant to all of us|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Dermatologie en Venereologie|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2020|