Systemic contact dermatitis caused by oral chromium picolinate

Cutis. 2000 Feb;65(2):116.


Although nickel is the metal most commonly implicated in systemic contact dermatitis, other metals such as chromate have also been known to cause dermatitis when ingested. Chromium picolinate has been espoused as a nutritional supplement. Allegedly, it helps control blood sugar in diabetes and may reduce cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Adult
  • Dermatitis, Contact / etiology*
  • Drug Eruptions / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Iron Chelating Agents / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Picolinic Acids / adverse effects*


  • Iron Chelating Agents
  • Picolinic Acids
  • picolinic acid