What is it?
Ethyl Methacrylate is methacrylate monomer used to manufacture plastics.“Monomer” is a plastic compound.

How do I avoid it?
Avoidance of the monomer (unreacted chemical) is necessary to prevent recurrent allergic contact dermatis. The fully polymerized (reacted) monomer is no longer a sensitizer.  There is often residual free monomer available, particularly with self-curing rather than heat-cured or ultraviolet light-cured preparations.  Cross-sensitization occurs among acrylic monomers, which makes switching from one monomer to another often unsuccessful in avoiding allergic contact dermatitis.  Rubber gloves do not prevent penetration of acrylic monomers.

  • Cosmetics (artificial sculptured nails, nail extenders)
  • Medical ( adhesive tape, contact lenses, hearing aids, surgical prosthesis {glue for artificial joints})
  • Dental (dentures, fillings, coatings)
  • Industrial (adhesives, printing plates, inks, paints, and coatings of glass, rubber, leather, and textiles)

Other names for Ethyl Methacrylate:
  • Acrylate monomer
  • Acrylate plastic
  • Acrylate resin
  • Acrylate acid ethyl ester
  • Ethyl-2-methyl-2-propenoate
  • 2-Methyl-2-prpanoic acid, ethyl ester
  • 2-Proponoic acid, 2-methy-,ethyl ester
  • 2-(methoxycarbonyl)-1-propene

Potential cross reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Other acrylic monomers and polymers

How safe is it?

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