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December 1967

Spandex Dermatitis

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio

From the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus.

Arch Dermatol. 1967;96(6):642-645. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01610060036004

Nine women with contact dermatitis due to a polyurethane elastomer (spandex) in their brassieres are reported. One woman also developed dermatitis from contact with spandex in her girdle. In all instances, the spandex reported to cause the dermatitis was Lycra, which has been reported not to cause spandex dermatitis. None of the patients had a positive patch-test reaction to the rubber accelerator, mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT), previously reported to give positive reactions in patients with spandex sensitivity. The substance in spandex causing hypersensitivity is unknown presently.