Formaldehyde‐related textile allergy: an update

  title={Formaldehyde‐related textile allergy: an update},
  author={Andrew Scheman and Patricia A. Carroll and Kenneth H. Brown and Anne H. Osburn},
  journal={Contact Dermatitis},
Part I of this study explores whether clothing today contains formaldehyde levels likely to cause contact allergy in formaldehyde‐allergic patients. Part II of this study examines whether current reactions to textiles may be due to allergy to textile resins and whether individuals with formaldehyde‐related textile allergy will react to the newer low formaldehyde resins used in the textile industry. Part I: free formaldehyde was measured in 16 fabric specimens produced in the US and overseas… 

Formaldehyde‐releasers: relationship to formaldehyde contact allergy. Part 2. Formaldehyde‐releasers in clothes: durable press chemical finishes

The amount offree formaldehyde in most garments will likely be below the threshold for the elicitation of dermatitis for all but the most sensitive patients, and the amount of free cyclized urea DPCF in clothes is unlikely to be high enough to cause sensitization.

The Effect of Clothing Care Activities on Textile Formaldehyde Content

Understanding the formaldehyde content in clothing and its potential reduction through care activities may be useful for manufacturers and formaldehyde-sensitive individuals.

Formaldehyde‐releasers: relationship to formaldehyde contact allergy. Formaldehyde‐releasers in clothes: durable press chemical finishes. Part 1

The frequency of sensitization to DPCF, occupational contact sensitization, relevance of patch test reactions, and relationship to formaldehyde contact allergy will be reviewed, followed by a discussion of both parts of the article together.

Allergic contact dermatitis from formaldehyde textile resins in surgical uniforms and nonwoven textile masks.

A 49-year-old pediatrician who developed a severe widespread dermatitis caused by contact with FTRs from her hospital "greens" ("scrubs") and mask is presented.

Detection of formaldehyde in textiles by chromotropic acid method.

A simple and rapid test which can be used in the practical management of patients with textile allergy and to assess the effect of washing on the formaldehyde content.

Does allergic contact dermatitis from formaldehyde in clothes treated with durable‐press chemical finishes exist in the USA?

Whether clothes sold in the USA may contain enough free formaldehyde to elicit ACD in previously sensitized individuals is investigated and the validity of US reports on ACD from formaldehyde in DPCF treated clothes is assessed.

Diagnosis and treatment of dermatitis due to formaldehyde resins in clothing.

It has been the authors' experience that many of these cases are of long duration before referral for patch testing, and avoidance after diagnosis is difficult owing to the lack of labeling requirements for textile finishes.

Textile dermatitis in Israel: a retrospective study.

Allergic contact dermatitis from formaldehyde textile resins.

The history of formaldehyde textile resin use, the diagnosis and management of allergic contact dermatitis from these resins, and current regulation of formalin-based resins in textiles are summarized.

Disperse blue dyes 106 and 124 are common causes of textile dermatitis and should serve as screening allergens for this condition.

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    American journal of contact dermatitis : official journal of the American Contact Dermatitis Society
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IN the past few years increasing attention has been given by dermatologists to non-professional formaldehyde dermatitis due to contact with textiles pretreated with urea-formaldehyde resins.

Contact dermatitis due to formaldehyde in clothing textiles.

The patients had positive patch tests to formaldehyde and to samples of textiles shown by chemical analysis to contain formaldehyde, and there was correlation between the outbreaks of dermatitis and the use of formaldehyde-containing fabrics.


Allergic contact dermatitis clue to formaldehyde in clothing has been noted as an increasing derniatological problem in Scandinavia over the last ten years and may possibly account for fact that contact eczema due to such a cause has not been recognized as an important problem in some countries.


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