Spa contact dermatitis

Jessica A. Yankura, James G. Marks, Bryan E. Anderson, David R. Adams

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Potassium monopersulfate (MPS) is widely used in spa and pool "shock" treatments, yet contact dermatitis associated with MPS has been rarely reported. A patient presented with a generalized scattered dermatitis from the neck down that worsened after spa use. Patch testing elicited a ++ reaction to ammonium persulfate. Contact with ammonium persulfate was ruled out; however, MPS, which can cross-react with ammonium persulfate, was found to be the active ingredient in the patient's spa shock treatments. The dermatitis cleared after the patient switched to a hydrogen peroxide-based shock treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-101
Number of pages2
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Dermatology


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