Allergic contact dermatitis caused by lanolin (wool) alcohol contained in an emollient in three postsurgical patients

      To the Editor: Aquaphor (Beiersdorf; Wilton, CT) is a popular water-in-oil emollient. Its main ingredients include 43% petrolatum, mineral oil, ceresin wax (mineral wax), and lanolin (wool) alcohol.
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      • The lanolin paradox revisited
        Journal of the American Academy of DermatologyVol. 64Issue 1
        • In Brief
          To the Editor: We commend Nguyen et al1 on their observation of lanolin allergic contact dermatitis in 3 postsurgical patients following application of Aquaphor Healing Ointment (AHO) (Beiersdorf, Wilton, CT). Lanolin continues to be a significant problem allergen in our pediatric contact dermatitis population and notably from this same source. Recently, we have been testing our children with a history of burning or irritation from AHO to a panel of the 8 individual product ingredients (lanolin, bisabolol, ceresin wax, panthenol, glycerin, mineral oil and petrolatum, provided by Beiersdorf).
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