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Baby wipes cause rash: Rare cases found, but new awareness out

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Baby wipes may cause rash reactions, according to a finding published in Pediatrics. It states that infants and adults could be allergic to a specific preservative in baby wipes called methylisothiazolinone, a Jan.15 report recapped from an NBC News feature earlier this week.

Mary Wu Chang, a professor at the University of Connecticut for dermatology and pediatrics, said baby wipes are often behind cases of rashes considered a result of "more serious conditions like eczema or psoriasis."

Chang said those who have rashes on certain areas of their bodies and have used baby wipes, they should have "patch testing."

“Wet wipes are increasingly marketed in personal care products for all ages, and [methylisothiazolinone] exposure and sensitization will likely increase,” Chang wrote. “Dermatitis of the perianal, buttock, facial, and hand areas with a history of wet wipe use should raise suspicion of [allergic contact dermatitis] to [methylisothiazolinone] and prompt appropriate patch testing.”

Chang said baby wipes being a cause of rash is more common that people think. She added that allergic reactions to the product are very little. The wipes are "extensively tested" and regarded as "innocuous."

“They’re so convenient,” Chang told NBC News. “I have three kids, so I know how hard it is to do the changes, especially when you’re traveling. But maybe when you’re at home, it would be better to use a gentle cleanser and water. That way you minimize exposure.”

It is surprising to think that baby wipes cause rash of any kind, but humans can be allergic to almost anything. As the finding showed, it is extremely are in the case of baby wipes.



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