This patient information on Dimethylol dihydroxyethyleneurea is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.
The results from your patch testing showed a positive reaction (contact allergy) to Dimethylol dihydroxyethyleneurea. Your immune system reacts with its defense mechanisms with each exposure of Dimethylol dihydroxyethyleneurea to your skin. It is unknown why certain individuals develop allergic sensitivities. In some it may take repeat exposures over long periods of time before an allergy develops. Once you have become sensitized (allergic) your immune system always "remembers" and you will be Dimethylol dihydroxyethyleneurea sensitive. If you currently have eczema this chemical may be the cause but other factors may play a role as well. The information below will help you avoid this allergen.
This chemical is most commonly used as fabric finish in permanent press products to prevent wrinkling.
Where is chemical found?
Wash and wear fabrics
Hints on avoiding chemical:
It may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.
Other names you may see this chemical listed as:
Sumitex NS 1SPE