Abstract: Recently, several investigators claimed that thimerosal is one of the most irrelevant allergens existing in screening for contact dermatitis. 508 patients who were suspected to have allergic contact dermatitis were patch tested at our clinic. They completed a questionnaire including medical, demographic and occupational details. We used the standard tray of chemotechnique diagnostics (Malmö, Sweden) and additional series, which were case relevant. The relevance of the allergic reaction to thimerosal was scored from 1 to 6. 19 patients (3.7%) had an allergic reaction to thimerosal. 6 (31.5%) had a definite relevance and 8 (42.1%) had a probable relevance. Only 3 patients (15.8%) had an irrelevant reaction. SPIN value (significance–prevalence index number) was 2281. We found a high proportion of mechanics (42.1%) among the patients who had positive reaction to thimerosal (P
< 0.0001). Although previous reports found thimerosal highly irrelevant, our daily experience being supported by the above data indicates that positive reactions to thimerosal could be relevant for many patients.
Personally I have not known anything about Thimerosal. The only thing what I have heard that
Dylan Ryder was talking in one interview about it. It was really useful and interesting to read about these reactions and I hope that this information will be healful for me in the future. Thanks a lot for sharing this great article one more time. Sincerely, Linda.