Foam Party Ends in Some Seriously Fucked Up Eye Issues

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Wait. Foam parties are a thing? Outside of Ibiza in 1998? Well, they've apparently spread to Florida where the funky chemical bubble mixture has caused pink eye, abrasions of the cornea, and even worse. Yet again, my crippling nerd status has prevented me from attending something that would give me a disease. Dork high five!


Foam parties, where strangers grind on other strangers while being sprayed down by giant hoses containing poisonous bubbles, have apparently been causing the CDC some heartache. After a foam party in May of 2012, Florida's Collier County Health Department was notified by law enforcement and hospital personnel that approximately 40 persons had sought care at local emergency departments because of "severe eye irritation and pain".

As you can imagine, the details are far from pleasant:

In all cases, injured persons reported getting foam in their face, with 96% (n = 44) of interviewed persons reporting eye exposure. Almost 90% of interviewed persons reported rubbing their eyes after exposure to the foam. Eye irritation (94.6%), severe eye pain (91.1%), pink eye/redness (87.5%), decreased visual acuity (81.3%), and conjunctivitis (76.8%) were the most common injuries (Table). Of note, half of the cases were diagnosed with abrasions of the cornea (n = 28). For those persons who sought medical care, the average number of visits was 3.2. In 11 cases, patient's visual acuity could not be tested in at least one eye during their initial medical-care visit because they were unable to open their eye or read the first letter of the chart. Among persons interviewed, the average duration of symptoms was 7 days (median: 6 days), ranging from less than 1 hour to more than 1 month. In seven cases, symptoms had not completely resolved at the time of the interview (i.e., more than 1 month after the injury).

Don't worry foam party enthusiasts, this appears to be contained to a specific Naples, Florida nightclub foam party, so you can probably still dive into the foam/sweat/other bodily fluids mixture at your local hot spot — just make sure to put on a full body condom first!


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A fraternity in my college town hosted a "Back to the Womb" party, which was as gross as it sounds. They lined a basement with old mattresses, then covered them in a thick layer of oatmeal and red jello and something else...maybe cool whip or whipped cream? People slid down a chute into the mess and groped about to music, or whatever it is fraternity & sorority people do.

The microbiologists among us can already guess that this goo was a perfect growing medium for all kinds of bacteria, which entered some of the frolicking youth through puncture wounds they got from old mattress coils. I can't remember how many were hospitalized with dangerous infections, but it was significant.

Kids, don't try this at home.