This patient information on Mercapto Mix 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 Mercapto mix. Your immune system reacts with its defense mechanisms with an exposure of Mercapto mix 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 Mercapto mix 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.
Mercapto mix is a mix of 3 chemicals used to screen for allergies used in the rubber manufacturing process. Reaction to this mix usually indicates sensitivity to rubber products.
Where is chemical found?
Additive to rubber products
Anti-slip carpet backing
Fuel tank lining
Rubber latex condoms
Rubber soles of shoes
Veterinary and pet products
Hints on avoiding these chemicals:
Choose products listed only on your personalized contact allergen database, which has been provided to you. Products listed on your contact allergen resource database will be free of Mercapto Mix and safe to use.
Please be aware that if your spouse or significant other uses topical skincare products that contain this chemical skin to skin transfer may occur to you.
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:
N-Cyclohexyl-2-benzothiazole-sulenamide (CBS, CBTS)