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Methylisothiazolinone, an allergen worth learning about

I‘ve been reading a lot of news articles about this emerging allergen, methylisothiazolinone. Did you know this ingredient can be found in many products such as household cleaning products and personal care products including baby wipes? Have you thought about taking a gander at some of the ingredient labels in your personal and household products? Not until the recent episode where my mother complained to me about developing a rash on and around her neck did I start to wonder about the ingredients in baby wipes. I’ll briefly share my mom’s story.

About a year and a half ago, my mother complained to me about some intense itching around her neck. When I came for a visit, I observed redness and a bright red rash with some marks as a result from her scratching around her neck. After quizzing her as to what she thought may be the cause of this, she mentioned using wet wipes for freshening up around the neck. The brand has been one of the brands noted in recent news. Of course, her rash could just as well been caused by methylisothiazolinone, but we won’t know for sure because I didn’t have her tested. Even if she wanted testing, there isn’t a standardized test that could screen her. She just discontinued using the wipes. Perhaps in the near future, there will be an established test created which can test for methylisothiazolinone at the appropriate concentration. I am SO glad there is talk of this ingredient now. Be sure to read our article to learn more about this ingredient.

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