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June 1967


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Assistant Clinical Professor Boston University

Arch Dermatol. 1967;95(6):667. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01600360113029

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To the Editor.—  In view of the recent interest in allergy to plastics, I would like to alert physicians to an eruption following contact with foamed plastic flutter boards used by youngsters in the water.I have become aware of eight cases of dermatitis involving the exposed areas of the anterior abdomen in youngsters in contact with these boards last summer. The eruption begins with erythema, burning or itching, followed by papular lesions and blotchy redness in the area of contact lasting for two to five days. Attacks occurred in both fresh and sea water. Patch testing was negative in the only case tested, an atopic boy with dry skin, yet the condition was reproduced six times during the summer on contact with the wet board. Perhaps the prolonged contact with wet plastic resulted in an "occlusion effect" causing the reaction in a "sensitive skin." Similar reactions are sometimes

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