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January 1989

Anaphylactic Symptoms due to Chlorhexidine Gluconate

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(1):50-52. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670130052005

• Six patients who developed urticaria, dyspnea, and anaphylactic shock due to topical application of chlorhexidine gluconate solution are described. Chlorhexidine gluconate was confirmed as the causative agent of type I hypersensitivity by intradermal, scratch, and epicutaneous tests. To prevent life-threatening adverse reactions, it seems important to use chlorhexidine gluconate on wound surfaces at a concentration of 0.05%, as recommended by the manufacturer; chlorhexidine gluconate may not be suitable for application to mucous membranes.

(Arch Dermatol 1989;125:50-52)