Wet Wipes May Cause Rashes

Using wet wipes after going to the bathroom can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. Doctors have long known that many of the preservatives used in wet wipes can cause rashes. But the authors of the new report have singled out one chemical, methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI), as a cause of particular concern.

One patient described in the report had a rash around his anus so painful that he couldn't walk for months. Another man, thinking his problem was caused by his psoriasis, suffered for 20 years, and then improved drastically within six weeks of dropping the moist wipes he'd been using.

Reuters reports:

“While the report only describes four isolated cases, the authors note that wet wipes are becoming increasingly popular among adults ... Among those referred to specialists for suspected allergies ... about 3 percent react to MCI.”

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