How safe is it?

What is it? 
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: 
  • Tetraethylammonium chloride
  • Decamethonium bromide
  • Hexadimethrin bromide
Uses: 
  • 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
  • Eye products
    • Solutions including artificial tears
    • Medications
    • Contact lens solutions 
  • Industrial use in agriculture, fabric, dyeing and metallurgy 
  • Injectable medications 
  • Mouthwash, lozenges and medications for mouth and throat
  • Nasal sprays
  • Personal care products 
    • Baby products 
    • Cleansing products (creams, lotions, liquids and pads)
    • Cosmetics
    • Deodorants
    • Disinfectant wipes
    • First aid sprays 
    • Foot powders 
    • Hand sanitizers 
    • Manicuring preparations
    • Mouthwash 
    • Personal cleansing products
    • Shampoos 
    • Skin creams and medications
    • Skin disinfectants / antiseptics
    • Spermicidal
    • Throat lozenges
    • Wipes 
    • Wound / burn / ulcer treatment preparations
  • Plaster of Paris
Other names for Benzalkonium Chloride:
  • ADBAC 
  • Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride 
  • Benirol 
  • BTC 
  • BZK 
  • Cetrimoniumbromide 
  • Cequartyl 
  • Drapolene 
  • Dripolex 
  • Enuclen 
  • Germinol 
  • Germitol 
  • Osvan 
  • Paralkan 
  • Roccal 
  • Rodalon 
  • Zephiran 
  • Zephran chloride
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