Allergic Reactions to Moistened Wipes on the Rise

More children than ever are getting serious rashes after using pre-moistened toiletry wipes. Watch this video courtesy of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to learn more.


-After suffering a painful allergic reaction, Julie [unk] now only uses water to tidy up for kids. Without warning Julie started getting rashes and blisters on her hands. For a year she kept a journal of everything she ate and touched, and still couldn't find the cause. -The rash was driving me crazy, you know sometimes showing up on my face too. I said, "Okay, I should probably go ahead and go to this contact dermatitis clinic. -It's a clinic run by Dr. Matthew Cyrus to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Cyrus is nationally known as a kind of dermatologist detective who figured out that it was the baby wipes Julie was using that was ravaging her hand. -She is lucky that we found it before it turned into something that was going on for years and spreading to other areas. -Those other areas are what Dr. Cyrus is seeing the biggest problem. Turns out some adult toiletry wipes share the same preservative as baby wipes. One that's very common and increasingly controversial. -This is a chemical called Methylisothiazolinone and we use MI for short. -Cyrus says the level of MI in some products is increased 25 times over the last few years. It's in everything from liquid soap to shampoo but you rinse those products off, these you don't. Cyrus says before using any wipes containing MI, you might want to test them first. -They can take the wipe and rub it on the inside of their arm right where their elbow is twice a day for about a week. If they're allergic to the wipe, they should start to get a reaction there within a week. -Which could end up saving you months of misery. At Ohio State Wexner State Medical Center, this is Clark [unk], reporting.

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