Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Methyldibromo glutaronitrile/phenoxyethanol Allergy

Could one product cause a rash on the eyes, hands and vagina?

Absolutely! Methyldibromo glutaronitrile/phenoxyethanol is a common preservative found in make-up, personal wipes, shower gels, shampoos, massage oils, and sunscreen, body, face and hand lotions. It’s composed of 80% phenoxyethanol and 20% methyldibromo glutaronitrile. The methyldibromo glutaronitrile is the principle agent causing sensitization.

Each of my patients admitted to using personal care wipes on a regular basis.

The incidence of sensitization is on the rise and repeated exposure to this product at low levels over time can cause an allergic contact dermatitis. This substance is monitored closely in Europe.

Methyldibromo glutaronitrile/phenoxyethanol is difficult to avoid and goes by many names on ingredient lists:

• 1,2-Dibromo-2,4-dicyanobutan

• 2-Bromo-2-(bromomethyl) glutaronitrile

• 2-Bromo-2-(bromomethyl) pentanedinitrile

• Glutaronitrile, 2-bromo-2-(bromomethyl)-

• Methyldibromo glutaronitrile

• Pentanedinitrile, 2-bromo-2-(bromomethyl)-

What should you do if you have this allergy?

Avoid the chemical! Simple avoidance of products containing this preservative will alleviate your rash.

What are some safe personal wipes without methyldibromo glutaronitrile?

Always-Wipes to go

Charmin-Freshmates Wipes

Seventh Generation-Free & Clear Baby Wipes

Visine-Soothing Wipes
Suspect you might be sensitive to methyldibromo glutaronitrile?

• See your local allergist for patch testing.
Want more information?
 http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/index.htm is a great website that is easily searchable.


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