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Monday, December 9, 2013
Help with patch test results!
I have recently been patch tested due to dermatitis/eczema of the scalp, face, inside the ears and vagina. I have had three positive results to Dodecyl gallate, Thimerosal and Abitol. I am dyslexic and having a night mare trying to look for these things in all topical products, is there any way of finding a list of products to avoid? As I get contact eczema around the mouth is it worth me having a food allergy test?
You doctor if he/she used the true test should have a sheet of paper associated with each positive patch test that lists products that contain the sensitizing agents. I would get this information from them. Unfortunately, at that point it is all about reading labels to make sure you don't use the ingredient in a product inadvertently.
Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati