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Skin contact allergy to emulsifiers

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Contact allergy to cetyl and stearyl alcohols has been reported for many years. About one per cent of eczema patients are allergic to either alcohol or a mixture of the two. In the present study, 11 of 1374 patients reacted to 20% cetylstearyl alcohol in patch tests. Results of a previous study, suggested that some impurities in commercial cetyl and stearyl alcohols might be responsiblefor the contact allergies.
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Keywords: cetostearyl alcohol; contact allergy; sorbitan sesquioleate

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Dermatology, University of Oulu, SF-90220 Oulu, Finland

Publication date: February 1, 1988

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