What is it?
Methyl Methacrylate is a plastic compound (monomer) found in cosmetics and in medical, dental, and industrial settings.
How can I avoid it?
Avoidance of the monomer (unreacted chemical) is necessary to prevent recurrent allergic contact dermatitis. The full 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 acrylate monomers.
- Concrete impregnation
- Contact lens
- Cosmetics (artificial sculptured nails, nail extenders)
- Dental (dentures, fillings, coatings, crowns, sealants)
- Industrial (adhesives, sealants, printing plates, inks, paints, coating glass, rubber, leather and textiles)
- Leather goods (belts, handbags, shoes, watch bands)
- Medical (adhesive tape, hearing aids, surgical protheses, bone cement)
Other names for Methyl Methacrylate:
- 2 Methyl-2 propanoic acid ester
- 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-,ethyl ester
- Acrylate monomer
- Acrylate plastic
- Acrylate resin
- Acrylic acid ethyl ester
- Ethyl-2-propanoic acid, ethyl ester
- Methacrylic acid methyl ester
- Methyl 2-methylpropenoate
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substance:
- Butyl methacrylate
- Ethyl methacrylate
- Other methacylates