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The unit also employs ultraviolet light to enhance this regimen when testing potentially photoactive chemicals. It has taken an active role in the determination of immediate type hypersensitivity reactions to latex rubber in employees of this and other medical centers. Recently, it retrospectively analyzed data from over 700 patients patch tested in the Allergy Unit to determine the relevancy and predictive value of the standard allergens series used for patch testing in the United States. The study concluded that important deficiencies exist in the utility of this limited series and substantially more allergens are needed to adequately diagnose the causes of contact dermatitis.
The unit continues to explore the safety and utility of common consumer ingredients as it amasses data on allergic reactivity in its patients. Its active participation nationally will serve to expand the armamentarium of new skin testing methods as well as apply older techniques for new uses. Representative
Systemic methotrexate for prurigo nodularis and keratoacanthomas in actinically damaged skin
Bieber, Amy Kalowitz; Cohen, David E; Stein, Jennifer A. Systemic methotrexate for prurigo nodularis and keratoacanthomas in actinically damaged skin. JAAD case reports. 2016 May;2(3):269-271 (2198532)
Treatment of Acrodermatitis Continua of Hallopeau With Ustekinumab as Monotherapy
Cymerman, Rachel M; Cohen, David E. Treatment of Acrodermatitis Continua of Hallopeau With Ustekinumab as Monotherapy. JAMA dermatology. 2016 Mar 1;152(3):346-348 (2023252)
Hausauer, Amelia K; Cohen, David E. Keratolysis exfoliativa. Dermatology online journal. 2015 Dec 16;21(12):?-? (2051332)
What ages hair?
Monselise, A; Cohen, D E; Wanser, R; Shapiro, J. What ages hair?. International journal of women's dermatology. 2015 December 01, 2015;1(4):161-166 (1924692)
Oral allergy syndrome (pollen-food allergy syndrome)
Price, Alexandra; Ramachandran, Sarika; Smith, Gideon P; Stevenson, Mary L; Pomeranz, Miriam K; Cohen, David E. Oral allergy syndrome (pollen-food allergy syndrome). Dermatitis. 2015 Mar -0;26(2):78-88 (1495882)