Got an itch? Those ‘handy’ wipes could be to blame

Natural Health News – More and more people are developing an itchy rash, pain in an effort to stay clean.

According to a dermatologist internationally renowned University Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State – a common preservative, MIT (Methylisothiazolinone), used in many types of pre-moistened wipes, is linked to a dramatic increase in allergic reactions


“in the last two or three years, we have suddenly seen a large increase in people with this allergy,” said Dr. Matthew Zirwas, director of the center dermatitis Wexner contact the Ohio State Medical Center. “For some patients, the eruption has been explained and going for years.”

The widespread use

MIT is found in many products based on water as liquid soaps, hair care products, sunscreen, cosmetics, washing and cleaning and personal hygiene products and pre-moistened baby wipes.

“preservative concentrations have increased dramatically in some products in recent years, as manufacturers stopped using other preservatives like parabens and formaldehyde,” Zirwas said.

Irritated skin may be red, raised, itchy and even blisters, which appears both as a reaction to poison ivy. The three areas most commonly affected by allergic reaction include the face, the use of soaps and shampoos, fingers and hands from handling wipes, and buttocks and genitals to use moistened towelettes.

Avoid rags stained-MIT

A video on the problem , produced by the Ohio State University, Julie Omiatek, a mother two Ohio, says it took a year to find out your allergy. During that time, he had to endure rashes on the hands and face.

“I tried to look for patterns and articulate whenever I had an asthma attack,” Omiatek said. “My allergist referred me to the clinic of Dr. Zirwas’ and lo and behold, it was a preservative in baby wipes I was using. I was very surprised because I thought that allergy would have appeared with my first child.”

“If anyone suspect an allergy wipes, have to stop wearing them for at least a month. One or two weeks is not enough time,” Zirwas recommended.

A detective dermatologist

Zirwas is well known in the USA a “detective dermatologist.”

has spent nearly 10 years sleuthing the causes of mysterious eruptions that others can not solve. Over the years, it has been identified allergies shoe glue, hot tub chemicals, nickel in food, even a chemical in the handrail of the escalator. Patients who have traveled from across the country to have him diagnose your skin allergies.

Zirwas says it is unclear how many Americans might react to MIT, but he says, manufacturers are aware of the growing problem of allergy and the race to find alternatives.

‘allergens year’

MIT was named 2013 Allergen of the Year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

In the EU, in July of that year, the British Society of skin allergy (BSCA) demanded ‘ immediate “measures to protect consumers against MI and Methylchloroisothiazolinone related compound (MCI).

In December, following talks with the European Society of Contact Dermatitis (ESCD), Cosmetics Europe had issued a urgent Declaration that the use of MIT in products not the skin, such as deodorants, sunscreens, hand lotions and wipes discontinued immediately (see our editorial Another toxic cosmetic ingredient bites the dust ).

conventional alternatives by all accounts are still a long way to go. But what this story does not say is that MIT is not necessary, simply common.Consumers who wish to avoid MIT and related compounds should consider opting for organic toiletries, as organic standards, while allowing the use of preservatives more insurance, prohibit the use of this chemical.

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