Wet Wipes Safety Concerns
A health warning has been issued by the South Australian government over the use of wet wipes, which have triggered quite serious allergic skin reactions in certain individuals. Such reactions are referred to as ‘dermatitis’.
The ingredient identified as the cause of the dermatitis is Methylisothiazolinone (‘MI’), which is used a preservative in the wipes. It may also be found in personal hygiene products such as baby wipes, moisturisers and cosmetics. Certain paints and glues may also contain it.
Dermatitis can be treated with oral medication and creams, plus of course removal of the cause once identified. Liberal applications of good quality ‘over the counter’ moisturising creams and ointments can also be quite relieving.