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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 16, 2013

Party Alert: Here’s Foam in Your Eye

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JAMA. 2013;310(15):1552. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.278655

The lights are low and the music volume is high. As arms and legs sway on a packed dance floor, streams of soapy suds blow down from the ceiling or across the ground like water from a fire hose. Welcome to the latest in novelty entertainment—a foam party.

Foam parties aren’t exactly good clean fun. Dozens of soapy revelers came away from a 2012 Florida event with eye irritation and pain severe enough to seek emergency medical care. The Florida Department of Health’s surveillance work tracked down medical records for 35 patients who made emergency department visits after attending a foam party at a Naples nightclub. The health department also obtained records from ophthalmology clinics and urgent care centers. In all, they located 56 people who sought care for eye injuries after the party, out of an estimated 350 in attendance.

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