Formaldehyde Allergic Reactions
Sharon E. Jacob, MD; and Tace Steele, BA
Formaldehyde is a well-known dermatitis, headache, or symptoms of reactions that occur to peanuts and latex,
for example, it is known that an allergic
reaction doesn’t occur at the fi rst expo-
at which they express the allergic reac-tion. Through metabolism, aspartame is
Sharon E. Jacob, MD, is Director, Contact Dermatitis Clinic, Department of Dermatology and
Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami, Miami, FL. Tace Steele, BA, is with the Department of
Dermatology, University of Miami, Miami, FL.
Address correspondence to: Sharon E. Jacob, MD, Director, Contact Dermatitis Clinic, Univer-
sity of Miami, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, 1295 NW 14th St, Miami FL 33125; fax 305-243-6191; or email: [email protected]
gy don’t recount a specifi c exposure that
The authors disclosed no relevant fi nancial relationships.
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Examples of Products Containing Formaldehyde or FRPs
Avon Kids 2-in-1 Super Gentle Shampoo for Normal Hair,
Dhs Regular Shampoo, Person & Covey; Free & Clear
Avon; Dove Shampoo, Extra Volume, Unilever; Johnson’s
Shampoo, Pharmaceutical Specialities; Head & Shoul-
Baby Shampoo/Softwash Baby Shampoo, Kissably Baby
ders Anti-Dandruff 2-in-1 Shampoo, Smooth & Silky,
Avon Kids Super Gentle Conditioner/Detangler, Avon; Dove
Advance Techniques Daily Results Conditioner, Avon;
conditioner, Intense Moisture, Unilever; Nizoral A-D Non-
Dhs Conditioning Rinse, Person & Covey; Free & Clear
Medicated Daily Conditioner, Janssen Pharmaceutica
Avon Kids Super Gentle 2-in-1 Soft Styling Gel, all hair
Advance Techniques for Men Styling Gel, Avon; Clinique
types, Avon; Dove Shape & Lift Volumizing Gel, Unilever; Iso
Light Control Styling Gel, Estee Lauder; Free & Clear
Multiplicity Discipline Smoothing Gel, Innovative Styling
Hair Spray, Firm Hold, Pharmaceutical Specialities
Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes, Unscented, Kimberly-
Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes with Aloe
Clark; Huggies Newborn Baby Wipes, Fragrance Free,
Vera & Vitamin E, Seventh Generation; Tushies Baby
Kimberly-Clark; Pampers One-Ups! Baby Wipes, with Aloe,
Wipes with Aloe Vera; Lansinoh Clean & Condition
Flintstones Children’s Complete Multivitamin, Chewable
L’il Critters Gummy Vites Kids Multivitamin, Northwest
Tablets, Bayer; Centrum Kids Complete Vitamins, Chewable
General Products; GNC Multiples Multibite Plus Miner-
Tablets, Wyeth; One-A-Day Kids Scooby-Doo! Multivitamin
als & Calcium Multivitamin For Kids, Chewable Orange
Tablets; Poly-Vi-Sol Multivitamin Supplement Drops for
Infants and Children, 0 to 3 Years, Mead Johnson
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