The active allergen in potassium dichromate is the soluble chromium salts, which are found in wet cement, welding fumes, chrome-tanned leather and anti-rust paint. Metallic chromium is non-allergenic, since it has an oxidized surface and no soluble chromium released.
Always Check product labels and use only ingredient labeled products that do not list this chemical or its synonyms.
Avoid leather products such as shoes belts, gloves and etc… Vegetable-tanned leather is okay.
It may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.
Persistence of eczema in Potassium Dichromate sensitive people can occur for long periods even after exposure has stopped.
Other names you may see this chemical listed as:
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Where is it found?
What is it?
Hints on avoiding:
Alloys of metallurgy
Anti-corrosive items (antifreeze, oils)
Possible Occupational Exposures:
Printing Machine operators
Paint (esp. green, orange, yellow)
Photography (color developing)
Pool table felt
Stainless steelTanning of leather
Textile dyes (military green)
Engraving and lithography
Foundries (added to sand for bricks)
This information is provided as educational only and is
not intended to substitute for medical care or recommendations by a physician.