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Sept 11, 1967

Contact Dermatitis From Spandex Brassieres

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco.

JAMA. 1967;201(11):880-882. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130110106036

Nine patients had allergic contact dermatitis to elastic materials in brassieres and one had the same reaction to a girdle. Three had classical rubber dermatitis, but the remainder were sensitive to spandex, a stretchable, synthetic fabric. Some of these patients also were contact sensitive to mercaptobenzothiazole (MBZ). Their spandex sensitivity presumably relates in most instances to the MBZ trace contamination of spandex in certain but not all brands. The patients could wear spandex brands that appeared to be uncontaminated with MBZ.