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This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Patients who suffer from allergic contact dermatitis due to treatment with topical minoxidil solution "should be advised to undergo patch testing to determine the causative allergen," researchers report in the February Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Edward Friedman, et al., New York University School of Medicine, suggest these patients could be sensitive to an agent in the solution other than minoxidil, such as propylene glycol, in which case "they should be given the option of formulations compounded with alternative solvents." Friedman et al. patch tested 11 individuals with alopecia; nine showed a positive allergic reaction to propylene glycol, while only four reacted to minoxidil...
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