oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Iodine allergy : a medical myth : review article

Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



The term 'iodine allergy' is used frequently, and usually refers to a history of an allergic reaction to seafood or iodinated radiological contrast media, or to a contact allergy to povidone-iodine antiseptic preparations. There is significant misunderstanding regarding the role of iodine in seafood allergy, contrast media sensitivity and contact dermatitis to topical antiseptics containing povidone-iodine. This misconception is clinically important because patients may be unnecessarily denied some essential procedures.

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