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Document ID (ISN)101703
CIS number 03-785
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Devantier Jensen C., Thormann J., Ejner Andersen K.
Title Airborne allergic contact dermatitis from 3-iodo-2-propynyl-butylcarbamate at a paint factory
Bibliographic information Mar. 2003, Vol.48, No.3, p.155-157. 19 ref.
Abstract The fungicide 3-iodo-2-propynyl-butylcarbamate (IPBC) is used in both industrial products and cosmetics. This article presents the first reported case of allergic contact dermatitis from airborne exposure to this preserving agent. A 34-year-old female production worker at a paint factory developed dermatitis on exposed skin areas. Patch testing showed a positive reaction to IPBC 0.01% in petrolatum. The compound was used as a preservative in wood treatment products manufactured at her workplace. Based on animal studies, IPBC is considered safe as a cosmetic preservative. However, widespread use of the chemical might lead to increasing levels of contact allergy, and therefore, close monitoring of IPBC is recommended.
Descriptors (primary) wood preservatives; allergens; 3-iodo-2-propynyl-butylcarbamate; eczema; carbamates; fungicides; paint and varnish industry
Descriptors (secondary) case study; Denmark; cosmetics; skin tests; skin eruption; allergy tests; skin allergies
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Amides
Chemical industry
Agricultural chemicals