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March 1977

Side Effects of Bounce

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Lansing, Mich

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(3):376. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640030122029

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To the Editor.—  The Midwest has recently been used as a marketing area for a new antistatic laundry agent labeled Bounce. Many physicians received this free sample through the mail, along with a flier that described its nontoxic, benign nature in reference to dermatologic complaints. Many of the homes in the Midwest have also received complementary samples of this agent.We have noted five contact dermatitis cases that we believe are directly related to this preparation being used in the care of the clothing. These are characterized by papular and pseudovesicular eruptions over the covered parts of the body. I was also impressed with the erythema that certain patients demonstrated in association with the primary lesions. These eruptions usually began roughly ten days after the institution of the chemical into the wash-care program.On two occasions we have specifically attributed the precipitation of extrinsic asthma in patients that have been

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