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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 37-38

Fairly used clothes undergarment as a source of dermatitis: A case report

4 Vitch Street, Bonny, Rivers State, Nigeria

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Dr Buowari Yvonne Omiepirisa
4 Vitch Street, Bonny, Rivers State
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Introduction: Fairly used clothes also known as "second hand" is commonly used in Nigeria. These clothes including undergarments are brought into the country from developed countries. It is widely used as some people believe that they last longer and are more durable than locally made clothes and undergarments including underwear and pants but they can be vehicles for transmission of skin infections. Case summary: A fifty year old woman had rashes which were itchy, tender and bled on scratching. It commenced following wearing of fairly used brassieres. The patient was restless and unable to sleep at night. She had taken several medications but the condition stopped when she soaked and washed all the undergarments in disinfectant. The rashes then disappeared. Conclusion: Fairly used garments can cause dermatitis.

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