What is it?
Phenylmercuric acetate is a preservative used in personal care products as well as in herbicides and fungicides.

How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with phenylmercuric acetate is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing phenylmercuric acetate should result in improvement and/or the resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the U.S. for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains them, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is not enough information, ask your pharmacist or retailer, or call the company directly.  At work, request a safety data sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

• Skin Care Products/Cosmetics
     ° Shampoos
     ° Eyeliners and mascara
     ° Toothpaste
     ° Mouthwashes
     ° Contraceptive gels/foams
• Eye drops/ointments
• Latex paint
• Disinfectants
• Agriculture
     ° Fungicides
     ° Herbicides

Other names for phenylmercuric acetate:
• (Aceto) phenylmercury
• Acetoxyphenylmercury
• Advacide PMA 18
• Anticon
• Ceresan
• Cosan PMA
• Gallotox
• Liquiphene
• Mercury phenyl acetate
• Mergal A25
• Mersolite
• Metasol 30
• Nildew AC 30
• Nuodex PMA 18
• Nylmerate
• Phenylmercury acetate
• Phix
• Riogen
• Scutl
• Slaked lime
• Tag fungicide
• Tag HL-331

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
• p-Chloromercuriphenol

How safe is it?

Hang tight. We're thinking.