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Other names: Bromoderma tuberosum
Bromoderma in an infant -Erythematous papules with pustules inside
SymptomsEruption of small regular bumps and pus-filled bumps in the skin, looking like acne[1]
CausesBromine containing medicines, some soft drinks[1]
Diagnostic methodAppearance, blood test for bromide[1]

Bromoderma is a skin condition characterized by an eruption of small bumps and pustules in the skin, looking like acne.[1] The bumps may merge to form larger weeping plaques, usually on the face, but can occur in the mouth and eyes.[2] Glands may be swollen.[2] It is a type of halogenoderma.[2]

It is caused by hypersensitivity to bromides, such as those found in certain medicines such as ipratropium bromide and potassium bromide, and some cola and soft drinks containing bromine.[1]

The level of bromide in blood is raised.[1] The condition may appear similar to Sweet syndrome, orthopoxvirus infection or pyoderma gangrenosum.[1]

It is rare.[2] Around 1-10% of people exposed to bromine may develop bromoderma.[2] It has been reported in babies breastfed by mothers on bromine containing medicines.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 James, William D.; Elston, Dirk; Treat, James R.; Rosenbach, Misha A.; Neuhaus, Isaac (2020). "6. Contact dermatitis and drug eruption". Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology (13th ed.). Edinburgh: Elsevier. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-323-54753-6. Archived from the original on 2022-04-17. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Dyall-Smith, Welwyn (2009). "Halogenodermas | DermNet NZ". Archived from the original on 12 August 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2022.

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