This agent is commonly used in the production of rubber products. It is the most common cause of shoe contact dermatitis and rubber contact dermatitis.
Try to minimize your exposure to all rubber products. It may be difficult to determine which rubber products contain MBT. You may substitute products made of vinyl, plastic, leather, wood and fabric.
Be suspicious of any product containing rubber that seems to cause a rash where it touches your body.
It may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.
Other names you see Mercaptobenzothiazole listed as:
Some possible Occupational Exposures
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Where is it found?
What is it?
Hints on avoiding:
Adhesive tape and bandages
If you have a shoe contact dermatitis:
- Wear solid leather shoes like moccasins or wood clogs (no inner or outer rubber soles).
- Try insoles free of MBT to see if this makes dress shoes wearable for you.
- Socks and stockings worn with shoes containing MBT can be contaminated and may not wash out easily and should be discarded.
- Leather shoes can have mercaptobenzothiazole in soles, lining and adhesives.
- Ask your shoe store for rubber free shoes.
Gloves (medical, household)
Glue for leather and plastics
Photographic film emulsion
Rubber handles on tools
Rubber eyelash curlers
Rubber shoes (sneakers,
tennis shoes, etc.)
Sponge makeup applicators
Swimwear and goggles
Tires and tubes
This information is provided as educational only and is
not intended to substitute for medical care or recommendations by a physician.