Contact Dermatitis in a Rapidly Changing Society: Experiences in Korea

  • Hee Chul EunEmail author


Patch test is frequently used in the field of dermatology for the diagnosis and management of contact dermatitis. Although it is still essential for this purpose, the test has limitations and disadvantages that hinder its use, especially in developing countries. The Republic of Korea is one of the fastest growing countries in the world for the past half century and is regarded as a good model of a developing country. Patch test is closely related to the society. Therefore, it may be useful to review the past experiences of patch test in Korea as a model for a rapidly changing society. Several past experiences in Korea related to patch test and contact dermatitis are introduced, and some practical ideas are suggested that could be useful in establishing a model for a developing country.


Contact Dermatitis Patch Test Positive Patch Test Standard Battery Patch Test Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologySeoul National University HospitalSeoulRepublic of Korea

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