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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 90-91

Irritant contact dermatitis to quarantine stamps

Department of Dermatology, MGM Medical College and Hospital, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission24-Dec-2020
Date of Acceptance05-Jan-2021
Date of Web Publication16-Mar-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shylaja Someshwar
Department of Dermatology, MGM Medical College and Hospital, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai 410209, Maharashtra.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mgmj.mgmj_96_20

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Keywords: Cutaneous burn, dermatitis, quarantine

How to cite this article:
Soni RS, Someshwar S. Irritant contact dermatitis to quarantine stamps. MGM J Med Sci 2021;8:90-1

How to cite this URL:
Soni RS, Someshwar S. Irritant contact dermatitis to quarantine stamps. MGM J Med Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Oct 21];8:90-1. Available from: http://www.mgmjms.com/text.asp?2021/8/1/90/311395

A 35-year-old police officer presented with fluid-filled lesions on the dorsum of his left hand a day after he was stamped for home quarantining.

In the initial period of the still persistent COVID-19 pandemic, home quarantine stamps were widely used. Manufactured by only two Indian firms located in Hyderabad and Mysore, this indelible ink, the same as used in elections, has been claimed to be skin-safe and free of side effects in experimental studies.[1]

As per the available information, the indelible voters’ ink contains 10–18% silver nitrate, some undisclosed chemicals, dyes, and aromatic materials.[2],[3] Silver nitrate which stains the skin on exposure to UV light leaves a mark that is impossible to wash off. At this concentration, silver nitrate is supposed to be skin-safe. It is harmful at 25% and the above solution causes skin irritation.

If the ink is old then because of the evaporation of alcohol, the concentration may increase which may cause a cutaneous burn. The repeated smearing of the fingers with the ink containing silver nitrate may cause a burn.[4]

In our case, contact of the chemical with the skin might have produced an exothermic chemical reaction leading to blister [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Vesiculation involving almost whole stamped area

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We did not find any such case reported to the best of our knowledge.

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form, the patient(s) has/have given his/her/their consent for his/her/their images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Financial support and sponsorship

This work is supported by MGMIHS.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

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Rao MR The study report, Toxicology Division, Hyderabad India. [Last accessed on 2014 Apr 30]. Available from: http://www.rayuduchemlabs.com.  Back to cited text no. 1
Voter’s ink: Made in Mysore, marked across India. [Last accessed on 2014 Apr 30]. Available from: http://www.ibnlive.in.com/news/voters-ink-made-in-mysoremarked-across-india/87219-37.html.  Back to cited text no. 2
Election ink. [Last accessed on 2014 Apr 30]. Available from: http://www.en.wikipedia and http://www.org/wiki/Election_ink.  Back to cited text no. 3
Silver toxicity. [Last accessed on 2014 Apr 30]. Available from: http://www.silverperoxide.com/silver%20toxicity.pdf.  Back to cited text no. 4


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