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Dear NEA Scratch Pad:
Several years ago, I was diagnosed with atopic dermatitis. The photo shows the rashes on my back, and there were similar rashes on most of the rest of my body. Fortunately I discovered that the problem was chloramine, a mixture of ammonia and chlorine that is used to disinfect the tap water in many areas of the United States (including the San Francisco Bay area, where I live). After I stopped using our water, my skin cleared up completely. I’m sure there are folks with similar problems who are not aware of this chemical and are suffering as a result. People can obtain more information from the web site www.chloramine.org. Thank you for publishing this; you may help solve a problem that for many is a mystery.
Palo Alto, California
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