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MHRA warn of severe reactions to many wipes and creams.

14/11/2012 | By Peter Walker
Many products including disinfectant wipes and creams contain Chlorhexidine, the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) have issues a new alert warring of the danger of anaphylactic reactions.

Anaphylactic reactions can vary from a mild rash to cardiac arrest, as the body fights against the trigger substance. 

Whilst most people are not at risk, it is important to be aware of the issue. More information can be found here

Our advice is to read the label and be aware of concerns over Chlorhexidine, whilst an effective disinfectant, has resulted in a small number of people becoming unwell and requiring resuscitation.  Treatment guidelines can be found here  .

People known to have allergies often carry Adrenaline auto-injector pens.

The use of normal saline to clean wounds, soap and water to wash hands are recognised as being highly effective vs Chlorhexidine.  Also there are a wide range antibacterial  products for cleaning surfaces that do not contain Chlorhexidine, which could be chosen to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction, no matter how small.