International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

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International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

The Leading Source of Scientific, Professional & Consumer Information

Recognizing and Treating Toilet-Seat Contact Dermatitis in Children

Toilet-seat contact dermatitis is a common condition around the world and is reemerging in the United States. It can be easily recognised and treated. However, few practitioners consider this diagnosis, which results in a delay in treatment and often exacerbation of the skin eruption. In the past, exposure to wooden toilet seats and associated varnish, lacquers, and paints led to the development of an allergic contact dermatitis on the buttocks and posterior thighs. In recent years, most public facilities have changed to plastic seats, resulting in a change in the clinical presentation of toilet-seat dermatitis. This study presents 5 cases of toilet-seat dermatitis in children from the United States and India and reviews the history, presentation, and clinical course of the disease. The findings suggest that toilet-seat dermatitis is more common than previously recognised and should be considered in any child with a dermatitis that involves the buttocks and posterior thighs. Pediatrics. 2010;125(2):e419-e422 (doi:10.1542/peds.2009-2430)