Thiuram Mix

This patient information on Thiuram 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 Thiuram mix. Your immune system reacts with its defense mechanisms with each exposure of Thiuram 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 thiuram 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 is a mix of four chemicals used to detect an allergy to rubber products. It can also be used as an antimicrobial in some personal skin care products.

Where is chemical found?

Antabuse (Disulfiram)
Adhesives
Balloons
Cables
Caulking
Condoms
Dental dams
Diaphragms
Earphones
Elastic
Electrical cords
Erasers
Fungicides
Gloves
Handles
Hoses
Leather shoes
Makeup sponges
Mattresses
Medical devices
Renal dialysis equipment
Rubber eyelash curler
Rubber pillows
Rubber sheets
Rubber in clothing Safety goggles
Shampoo
Sneakers
Soap
Sponge makeup applicators
Swimwear
Tennis racquets
Tennis shoes
TETD
Tires
Toys
Tire tubes

Hints on avoiding chemical:
Inform your healthcare providers that you are allergic to thiuram mix chemicals.
Wear vinyl gloves to protect your hands.
Be suspicious of any product containing rubber, which seems to cause a rash where it touches your skin, such as underwear, bras, girdles, support stockings, etc…
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 Thiuram 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. 

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