Polyhexamethylene biguanide and alkyl glucosides: unexpected allergens in an antimicrobial foam dressing

Ana Jaque, Joel G. DeKoven
  • Contact Dermatitis, November 2017, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/cod.12852

Skin reaction to ingredients of a wound care product

Photo by Andrew Buchanan on Unsplash

Photo by Andrew Buchanan on Unsplash

What is it about?

This is the first published report detailing the development of an allergic contact skin reaction to a wound care dressing that was found to contain a preservative and cleaning agents that would not be expected to be in such a product

Why is it important?

This provides another example to alert health care practitioners and patients to the possibility of allergic skin reactions to wound care products


Joel DeKoven
University of Toronto

Close collaboration between the patient, parent, industry and and dermatologist was a key to uncovering the relationship between the skin reaction and the specific constituents of the wound care product

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