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September 15, 1978

Sensitivity to Deodorant Sanitary Pads

Author Affiliations

Woman's Hospital New York

JAMA. 1978;240(12):1239-1240. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290120033014

To the Editor.—  I am reporting a case of sensitivity to deodorant sanitary pads. The patient complained of vulvar and perianal pruritus and dyspareunia of several days' duration, and on examination had erythema and slight edema of the labia minora and vaginal introitus. The patient stated that she had used deodorant pads for the first time just before the onset of symptoms. All symptoms cleared after returning to using a pad without deodorant or fragrance. Reintroduction of deodorant pad use resulted in the same complaints.Various sensitivity reactions to fragrances, deodorants, and propellants in perineal hygiene sprays have been documented and publicized1 (212:2121, 1970). This particular patient had a history of sensitivity to underarm deodorants. Patients should be warned of possible allergic or irritant reactions to fragrant or deodorant pads or tampons, and patients with unexplained vulvitis or vaginitis should be questioned as to their use.It is unfortunate that