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CMAJ. 1996 Apr 15;154(8):1173-6.

Contact dermatitis associated with the use of Always sanitary napkins.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Montreal General Hospital, Que.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report a clinical association between vulvar irritation or contact dermatitis and the use of Always sanitary napkins.

DESIGN:

Case series.

SETTING:

A gynecology practice in Montreal.

PATIENTS:

Women presenting between September 1991 and September 1994 with itching or burning of areas that would be in contact with a sanitary napkin (mons pubis, external surfaces of the vulva and perineum) beginning at least 1 day after the use of the napkins was started and less than 5 days after the use was stopped.

RESULTS:

Twenty-eight women experienced vulvar itching and burning, often associated with eruptions resembling contact dermatitis, of the vulvar and perineal surfaces after using Always sanitary napkins. Twenty-six reported that symptoms disappeared after they stopped using that brand of sanitary napkin. Seven women who later used the same brand again reported a recurrence of the vulvar irritation.

CONCLUSION:

The findings of this case series reveal Always sanitary napkins as a potentially important cause of recurrent vulvitis. Physician awareness of the association will enable effective advice and relief for a large number of women suffering "chronic vaginitis".

PMID:
8612252
PMCID:
PMC1487684
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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