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January 1967

Contact Dermatitis Due to Spandex

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Hitchcock Clinic, Hanover, NH.

Arch Dermatol. 1967;95(1):43-44. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01600310049009

Allergic contact dermatitis due to a polyurethane elastomer (spandex) is reported. The dermatitis presents a characteristic distribution over the back, corresponding to the spandex-containing portions of bras. In each case the patients also have positive closed patch-test reactions to the rubber accelerator mercaptobenzothiazole. It is postulated that this chemical radical or a closely related chemical structure is used in the manufacture of spandex.

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