Benzalkonium chloride is used as a cleanser, antiseptic, and a preservative.
How can I avoid it?
Since Benzalkonium Chloride is widely used in the health care field, you should inform all you health care providers of this allergy. You should read the ingredients listed on all eye preparations, skin creams, and cosmetics. Contact may also occur in the workplace in the industries. Some patients may be allergic to certain systemic medications including:
Algaecides for roof tiles, swimming pools, and greenhouses
Band-aids with antiseptics on them
Cleaners for floor and hard surfaces
Cold-sterilization solution for medical and dental instruments
Solutions including artificial tears
Contact lens solutions
Industrial use in agriculture, fabric, dyeing and metallurgy
Mouthwash, lozenges and medications for mouth and throat
Personal care products
Cleansing products (creams, lotions, liquids and pads)