What is it?
Phenylmercuric acetate is a preservative used in personal care products and also 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 resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the US for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is no information ask your pharmacist or call the company directly. At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

Uses:
  • Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
    • Shampoos / Conditioners
    • Moisturizers/lotions
    • Make-ups, including eyeliners and mascara
    • Powders / Sprays
  • Latex paints
  • Leather processing
  • Antifungal products in agriculture
  • Eye drops
  • Latex paint
  • Flooring
  • Herbicide
  • Disinfectants
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
  • Nylmerate
  • Phenylmercury acetate
  • Phix
  • PMA
  • PMAS
  • Riogen
  • Scutl
  • Slaked lime
  • Tag fungicide
  • Tag HL-331

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

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