Three cases of severe Rhus dermatitis in an English primary school

J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2006 Feb;20(2):212-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2006.01414.x.


We report three paediatric cases of severe allergic contact dermatitis caused by a Japanese lacquer tree (Rhus verniciflua), which is a rare specimen plant in the UK. The diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis produced by plants that are not indigenous to a particular country is more likely to be delayed, as well as mistaken for cellulitis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Allergens / adverse effects*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dermatitis, Toxicodendron / diagnosis*
  • Dermatitis, Toxicodendron / pathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Leg / pathology
  • Male
  • Patch Tests
  • Resins, Plant / adverse effects*
  • Rhus / adverse effects*
  • Severity of Illness Index


  • Allergens
  • Resins, Plant