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Top 15 Allergens Over the Past 15 Years

Contact Dermatitis is a common skin condition seen by dermatologists across the globe. Clinically, this skin condition can present as a red itchy rash. It is caused by various allergens present in soaps, cosmetics, fragrance, jewelry and even plants. Each year, the American Contact Dermatitis Society selects one allergen and labels it the allergen of the year. In this post, we review the past allergens from the past 15 years.

Top 15 Allergens Over the Past 15 Years

2000- Blue dyes

2001 – Gold

2002 –Thimerosal: An organic mercury compound found commonly in antiseptic and antifungal agent. It is used as a preservative in vaccines and medications

2003 – Bacitracin: A common topical antibiotic used to treat minor cuts and wounds

2004 – Cocamidopropyl Betaines: An organic surfactant used as a foam booster in shampoo and the heavens soaps.

2005 – Corticosteroids: Medication used widely in dermatology to treat assortment of skin conditions

2006 – p-Phenylenediamine: Is present in hair dye.

2007 – Fragrance

2008 – Nickel: A metal commonly seen in jewelry and belt buckles.

2009 – Mixed Dialkyl Thiourea

2010 – Neomycine: Topical antibiotic used to treat skin infection

2011 – Dimethyl Fumarate: Present in furniture to prevent growths of mold in humid climates.

2012 – Acrylate – Commonly found in various cosmetic lotions and cream

2013 – Methylisothaizolinione: Used as a preservative in many cosmetics, lotions and creams

2014 – Benzophenones: Present in sunscreen

2015 – Formaldehyde: A preservative, widely used in a wide range of cosmetic and skincare products

The American Contact Dermatitis Society selects those allergens to raise awareness about each of those molecules. They’re not selected entirely based on how common those allergens affect the population in the USA. If you or someone who has a persistent and recurrent itchy rash that does not respond to treatment, a patch test by an allergist or dermatologist can identify the culprit allergen.


Article republished with permission.

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