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June 1985

Green Hair: Treatment With a Penicillamine Shampoo

Author Affiliations

Fallon Medical Center-Auburn 35 Millbury St Auburn, MA 01612

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(6):717-718. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660060029014

To the Editor.—  Green hair has generally been reported in blonds as a result of long-term exposure to copper salts in tap water due to leaching of copper from pipes1,2 or in swimming pools due to copper-containing algicides.3,4 I describe herein my experience with one such patient.

Report of a Case.—  A 20-year-old light brunet from Worcester, Mass, was seen in June 1984 with a six-month history of green hair. The discoloration was patchy and most noticeable in the occipital area. She had last swum in a pool five months previously. She shampooed her hair daily, early in the morning, as the first part of her showering routine. She denied using anything but shampoo on her scalp. She had no exposure to copper salts at work. The patient's brunet roommate was unaffected, but her sister had had intermittent problems with green hair from swimming pools.Hair pluck from