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August 1949


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1949;60(2):227-237. doi:10.1001/archderm.1949.01530020095013

DURING the past twelve years I have had the opportunity to observe persons with an acute form of dermatitis which occurs within a short time after bathing in the ocean. This eruption is characterized by erythematous wheals, which appear within a few hours after exposure and persist for several days, involuting spontaneously. The associated pruritus is at times severe, but it subsides in a few days without giving rise to further difficulty. Because this condition is usually mild and transient in its course, many patients do not consult a physician, or they call their family or hotel physician. Some patients become alarmed concerning the diagnosis, and others have sufficient discomfort to cause them to seek further aid. I have observed 67 patients with a dermatitis sufficiently characteristic to suggest the existence of a common etiologic basis. In each instance there is a history of exposure at one of