Strong irritants masquerading as skin allergens: the case of benzalkonium chloride.

@article{Basketter2004StrongIM,
  title={Strong irritants masquerading as skin allergens: the case of benzalkonium chloride.},
  author={David A Basketter and Marie Marriott and Nicola J Gilmour and Ian R. White},
  journal={Contact dermatitis},
  year={2004},
  volume={50 4},
  pages={213-7}
}
Chemicals may possess a number of hazards to human health including the ability to cause skin irritation and contact allergy. Identification and characterization of these properties should fall within predictive toxicology, but information derived from human exposure, including clinical experience, is also of importance. In this context, it is of interest to review the case of benzalkonium chloride, a cationic surfactant. This chemical is a well-known skin irritant, but on occasions it has also… CONTINUE READING
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