A Case of Allergic Dermatitis after Self-Treatment with Propolis: Case Report


  • Monika Fida Faculty of Medicine - Dermatology, Tirana
  • Suela Kellici Faculty of Medicine, Pharmaceutical Department, Tirana
  • Mehmet Hoxha Faculty of Medicine – Allergology, Tirana
  • Etleva Qirko Faculty of Medicine – Allergology, Tirana




Allergic contact dermatitis, propolis, vesiculo-bullous elements, eczematous elements, medical advice.


Background:  Propolis or bee-glue is used as adjuvant in the therapy because of its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anesthetic and antibacterial properties. Propolis is found in a number of products such as cosmetics, shampoos, toothpastes, lip balms, creams and ointments. In dermatology propolis has been used for wound healing, treatment of ulcers and eczema, and regeneration of the skin. The sensitizing properties of propolis have been reported in the literature.

Aim: The aim of this study was to present a case of allergic contact dermatitis after self-treatment with propolis.

Methods: We report a case of 46 years old man who presented severe vesiculo-bullous elements on the leg after the treatment with bee-glue for the eczematous elements.

Results: The diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis to propolis was confirmed due to patch tests.

Conclusions: Here we show that allergic contact dermatitis from propolis should be taken in consideration if an allergic reaction is evident. Dermatologists and general physicians should be aware of propolis as an important allergen that can cause Allergic Contact Dermatitis. The therapeutic use of propolis should be performed under medical advisory.


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Fida M, Kellici S, Hoxha M, Qirko E. A Case of Allergic Dermatitis after Self-Treatment with Propolis: Case Report. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2013 Dec. 15 [cited 2021 Apr. 12];1(1):87-9. Available from: https://oamjms.eu/index.php/mjms/article/view/oamjms.2013.017



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