EAACI position paper for practical patch testing in allergic contact dermatitis in children

Flora B. de Waard-van der Spek, Ulf Darsow, Charlotte G. Mortz, David Orton, Margitta Worm, Antonella Muraro, Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier, Ramon Grimalt, Radoslaw Spiewak, Odilija Rudzeviciene, Carsten Flohr, Susanne Halken, Alessandro Fiocchi, Luis Miguel Borrego, Arnold P. Oranje

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Introduction: Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in children appears to be on the increase, and contact sensitization may already begin in infancy. The diagnosis of contact dermatitis requires a careful evaluation of a patient's clinical history, physical examination, and skin testing. Patch testing is the gold standard diagnostic test. Methods: Based on consensus, the EAACI Task Force on Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Children produced this document to provide details on clinical aspects, the standardization of patch test methodology, and suggestions for future research in the field. Results: We provide a baseline list of test allergens to be tested in children with suspected ACD. Additional tests should be performed only on specific indications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-606
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Allergy and Immunology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Children
  • Contact allergens
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Cutaneous allergy
  • Irritant dermatitis
  • Patch tests
  • Practical guidelines


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