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May 1959

Hula-Hoop Dermatitis

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;79(5):590. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560170088015

The following case report is submitted for the purpose of indicating the dermatologic ramifications of contemporary changes in our social mores.

The patient, a 4-year-old girl, was first seen on Oct. 11, 1958, with a papulovesicular eruption, itching in character and limited to the palms of both hands from the wrists to the fingertips. Its duration, approximately two weeks prior to examination, seemed to coincide with the purchase of a "hula hoop." Clinically, the impression was one of contact dermatitis. She was advised to discontinue the use of the hoop and was given a 1% hydrocortisone cream to apply topically twice daily.

She was seen a week later, with considerable improvement and showing only a residual scaling of the palms. At this time patch tests were performed with scrapings of the plastic material from the surface of three different-colored hoops which she had used. Forty-eight hours

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