Toluensulfonamide formaldehyde resin

This patient information on Toluensulfonamide formaldehyde resin 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 Toluensulfonamide formaldehyde resin. Your immune system reacts with its defense mechanisms with each exposure of Toluensulfonamide formaldehyde resin 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 bee Toluensulfonamide formaldehyde 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 used as an adhesion promoter.

The most common source of contact is with nail polish.

Where is chemical found?

Nail polish and enamels
Nitrocellulose compositions
PVA adhesives
Vinyl lacquers

Hints on avoiding chemical:

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 Toluensulfonamide formaldehyde resin and safe to use.
Please be aware that if your spouse or significant other uses topical skin care 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:

Benzene sulfonamide, 4-methyl-polymer with formaldehyde
Mearlmaid TX-EPM-8-6
Santolite MHP
Santolite MS

Possible Occupational Exposure:

Textile Mill workers
Printing and Publishing workers
Rubber manufacture
Paper and Allied products workers
Chemical workers
Fabricated metal workers

© John “Lucky” Meisenheimer, M.D.  2019