To the Editor.—
About one year ago, complimentary samples of Bounce, a new fabric softener, were sent to physicians in this area. The product consists of sheets of nonwoven rayon impregnated with a perfume and two softening agents, dialkyldimethylammonium methyl sulfate and a fatty acid ester of a polyhydric alcohol.1 The sheets are added to the clothes drier, and the warmth and tumbling action is said to release the ingredients. Four patients have been seen with symptoms that we believe were exacerbated by this new fabric softener.
Report of Cases.—
A 2-year, 10-month-old boy was seen for a dermatitis of several weeks' duration that had been unresponsive to penicillin. The patient had a chronic recurrent nasal congestion, and there was a family history of allergy. The mother, a physician's wife, had recently used the new product. A severe erythematous scaly dermatitis on the flexors and small erythematous papules on
Hazelrigg DE, Hargett IR. Side Effects of Bounce. Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(3):376. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640030122028