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Plastic Dish Nasal Dermatitis

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Condition Overview

This is a localized form of depigmentation that affects the nose and lips.

Symptoms

The involved skin may become irritated and inflamed.

Causes

It is caused by eating out of plastic and rubber food and water dishes that contain the chemical pbenzylhydroquinone. This chemical is absorbed through the skin and inhibits the synthesis of melanin, the substance that produces dark pigment in the skin.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made by physical examination.

Treatment

The problem can be corrected by switching to glass, ceramic, or stainless steel bowls for the dog's food and water.

Prevention

You can prevent this condition by replacing any plastic or rubber food and water dishes with glass, ceramic, or stainless steel bowls.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions regarding this condition.

Show Sources & Contributors +

Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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