Formaldehyde is found virtually everywhere, inside and outdoors. It is naturally occurring and man-made. It is widely used in building materials. The number of products that contain formaldehyde is impressive. Unfortunately it is almost impossible to avoid small quantities of formaldehyde. Most exposures to formaldehyde is airborne and usually with little effect. The most common skin exposures fabric finishes in clothing and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in skin care products.
- Avoid permanent press and wrinkle free clothing, and avoid clothing needing to be dry-cleaned.
- 100% cotton, polyester or nylon clothing generally contains less formaldehyde than mixes.
- 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; and may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.
Other names you may see Formaldehyde listed as or may be formaldehyde releasers:
Biocide DS 5249
Germall 115 9 (imidazolidinyl urea)
Germall II (diazolidinyl urea)
Glydant (DMDM dimethylolmethyl hydantoin
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Where is it found?
What is it?
Hints on avoiding:
Metal working fluids
Over the counter medications
Plastics and resins
Smoke from wood, charcoal
and coal fires
Dry cleaning materials
Methylene oxide (gas)
Preventol D1, -D2, -D3
Occupations with higher than normal risk include:
Clothing industry workers
Furniture factory workers
This information is provided as educational only and is
not intended to substitute for medical care or recommendations by a physician.