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We have finished our updates on CAMP for 2012-2013! We believe that CAMP has been improved substantially during the past year and should now be even more complete and accurate!

CAMP already had produced the most accurate allergen searches available. However, since the turn of the year, we have been striving to make CAMP even more accurate. We identified several areas we could improve upon and asked the programmers to make a few upgrades to CAMP. All of these improvements related to improving CAMP’s ability to pick up as many potential cross-reacting ingredients as possible. We apologize for a couple of technical problems the past couple of weeks as these changes were made, however, these have now been solved and CAMP should be an even stronger tool than previously.

The following are the main changes which were made in 2012-2013;

1) The number of products in CAMP was greatly increased and there are now over 3600 products in the database! We have included more common products, more department store products and many new product categories. All product ingredient information was checked meticulously with the ingredients on the product labels.

2) When typing in uncommon allergens, CAMP will now highlight related allergens. We recommend including these related highlighted ingredients in most searches. For example, previously if you searched for aloe vera and did not manually highlight other aloe-related ingredients, CAMP would not search for aloe vera, aloe barbadensis, etc. With the upgrade, CAMP now highlights all aloe ingredients automatically so that these can be included in your search. If you wish to deliberately do a more narrow search, CAMP still allows you to de-highlight allergens you do not wish to search for.

3) A new function was added to allow us to add cross-reacting ingredients more quickly and efficiently. Using advice provided by the cross-reactor advisory group, we have added many additional cross-reactors to the existing cross-reactor groups and also have added many new cross-reactor groups.

4) We have added a new common allergen box which reads; Fragrance (standard)( include botanicals). In many cases, physicians will wish to avoid botanicals for patients allergic to fragrance. When this box is checked, CAMP will find products free of fragrance and free of botanicals.

Due to the more stringent cross-reactor definitions which are now being used, it is possible that some patients will find that their “safe” list will no longer contain certain products which were previously listed as “safe”. This should be offset by the fact that there are now 4 times as many products in the database!

After the ACDS meeting, we will begin the process of updating all of the products added this past year. All products in the database will be updated annually.

We hope you will find the updated CAMP database to be even more helpful in your practice!

Andrew Scheman, M.D.

Director; CAMP

25th Annual Meeting of the ACDS

Date: March 20, 2014
Place: Westin Downtown Denver


  • Contact Allergen Bee
  • David Cohen announced as Fisher Lecturer
  • Patch test basics session
  • Interactive atopic dermatitis session
  • DMOC exam

Dermatitis Doubles in Impact Factor to 2.264 in 2010!

Jumps 21 Points in Ranking!

ACDS is thrilled to announce that Dermatitis received an impact factor of 2.264 in 2010, which is doubled from 2009, according to the 2009 Journal Citation Reports© published by Thomson Reuters. Dermatitis has also had the greatest move upward—from 36th to 15th —in ranking among the 48 Dermatology journals.

The Thomson Reuters Institute measures a journal’s “impact” or significance—based on the number of article citations compared to the total number of articles published. The impact factor—a quantitative measure of the frequency with which an article in a journal is cited—is used to gauge the overall influence of a journal within the scientific, professional and academic communities.

This ranking is based on 2009 performance. Published bimonthly and edited by Ponciano D. Cruz, Jr., MD, the journal offers readers clinically focused articles on the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions caused by irritants and allergic reactions. Dermatitis in an official publication of the American Contact Dermatitis Society, the Società Italiana di Dermatologica Allergologica Professionale e Ambientale, Experimental Contact Dermatitis Research Group, International Contact Dermatitis Research Group and North American Contact Dermatitis Group.

We are extremely proud of this independent measure of our excellence and deeply appreciate the dedication and trust of the editors and authors who contributed their efforts and research.





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