Proposed ICDRG Classification of the Clinical Presentation of Contact Allergy

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The International Contact Dermatitis Research Group proposes a classification for the clinical presentation of contact allergy. The classification is based primarily on the mode of clinical presentation. The categories are direct exposure/contact dermatitis, mimicking or exacerbation of preexisting eczema, multifactorial dermatitis including allergic contact dermatitis, by proxy, mimicking angioedema, airborne contact dermatitis, photo-induced contact dermatitis, systemic contact dermatitis, noneczematous contact dermatitis, contact urticaria, protein contact dermatitis, respiratory/mucosal symptoms, oral contact dermatitis, erythroderma/exfoliative dermatitis, minor forms of presentation, and extracutaneous manifestations.


  • Korbkarn Pongpairoj
  • Iris Ale
  • Klaus Ejner Andersen
  • Magnus Bruze
  • Thomas L. Diepgen
  • Peter U. Elsner
  • Chee Leok Goh
  • An Goossens
  • Hemangi Jerajani
  • Jean Marie Lachapelle
  • Jun Young Lee
  • Howard I. Maibach
  • Kayoko Matsunaga
  • Rosemary Nixon
  • Pailin Puangpet
  • Denis Sasseville
  • Supitchaya Thaiwat
  • John P. McFadden
External organisations
  • University of the Republic
  • Universitätsklinikum Jena
  • National Skin Centre
  • University Hospitals Leuven
  • MGM Medical College
  • Catholic University of Korea
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Fujita Health University
  • Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia
  • Institute of Dermatology Thailand
  • McGill University Health Centre, Montreal General Hospital
  • Phramongkutklao Hospital
  • Chulalongkorn University
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Heidelberg University
  • Catholic University of Louvain
  • King's College London
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Dermatology and Venereal Diseases
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-258
Number of pages11
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep 1
Publication categoryResearch