Chlorhexidine Anaphylaxis: Case Report and Review of Literature
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A.B. Krautheim, T.H.M. Jermann, A.J. Bircher
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Chlorhexidine is a widely used antiseptic and disinfectant. Hypersensitivity reactions to chlorhexidine, as well as contact dermatitis, fixed drug eruptions, photosensitivity reactions, occupational asthma, and anaphylactic shock have been reported after use. The potential risk of anaphylactic reactions from the application of chlorhexidine has been well known since the 1980s, especially application to mucous membranes.