Rashes from wipes, liquid soaps on the rise - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Rashes from wipes, liquid soaps on the rise

Updated: March 23, 2014 02:13 PM
© iStockphoto.com / Tracy Hebden © iStockphoto.com / Tracy Hebden
  • Wendy Damonte's Health Watch ReportsMore>>

  • Request Remind Me 2 Kit

    Request a Remind Me 2 Kit

         More >>
  • 3D Printer Makes Bionic Arm

    3D Printer Makes Bionic Arm

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:28:55 GMT
    You've seen us do stories about that 3D printer the university now has. Some students at the University of Central Florida have one too and are taking it to a whole new level.More >>
    You've seen us do stories about that 3D printer the university now has. Some students at the University of Central Florida have one too and are taking it to a whole new level.More >>
  • AP: Probe Exposes Flaws Behind HealthCare.gov Rollout

    AP: Probe Exposes Flaws Behind HealthCare.gov Rollout

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:19:15 GMT
    Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov website last fall.More >>
    Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov website last fall.More >>

SUNDAY, March 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Allergic skin reactions to a preservative used in pre-moistened wipes and liquid soaps are on the increase, a doctor says.

"In the last two or three years, we've suddenly seen a big increase in people with this type of allergy," Dr. Matthew Zirwas, director of the contact dermatitis center at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, said in a center news release. "For some patients, their rash has been unexplained and going on for years."

The chemical preservative, methylisothiazolinone, is found in many water-based products, including pre-moistened wipes, cosmetics, liquid soaps, hair products, sunscreen, and laundry and cleaning products.

"Concentrations of the preservative have increased dramatically in some products in the last few years, as manufacturers stopped using other preservatives like paraben and formaldehyde," Zirwas said.

The preservative can cause an itchy, painful rash that can include blisters and resembles a reaction to poison ivy. Areas of the body most often affected by an allergic reaction to methylisothiazolinone include: the buttocks and genitals from using moistened flushable wipes; the fingers and hands from handling the wipes; and the face from using soaps and shampoos.

"If someone suspects an allergy to moistened wipes, they need to stop using them for at least one month," Zirwas said. "A week or two isn't enough time."

He added that manufacturers are aware of the problem and are trying to develop alternative preservatives.

More information

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has more about allergic skin reactions.

Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.