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March 1977

Side Effects of Bounce

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(3):376. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640030122027

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To the Editor.—  Up to now I have seen four cases of an acute contact dermatitis that appear to have been caused by Bounce, a fabric softener used in the drier. Two patients who wore T-shirts developed their rash in the underarm area, and two patients who wore jockey shorts developed their rash on the anterior abdomen.Onset coincided with the first-time use of this product, and clearing occurred rapidly with its discontinuance and with treatment with 1% hydrocortisone cream. A careful history eliminated other causes. In one instance, the Bounce was used to impart a pleasant odor to the garments by placing it between the layers of clothing in a drawer.This is another product with side effects.

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