Background: Mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT) and mercapto compounds are primarily used in rubber products. Objective: This study aimed to examine concomitant-positive rates of MBT (1% pet) and the 4-part mercapto mix (MM) (1% pet). Design: This is a retrospective cross-sectional data from the North American Contact Dermatitis Group. Results: A total of 30,880 patients were patch tested to MM and MBT. There were 333 positive reactions to MM and 427 positive reactions to MBT. Ninety-eight patients were positive to MM alone, 192 to MBT alone, and 235 reacted to both. Forty-five percent (192/427) of MBT reactions would have been missed by only testing to MM, and 29%(98/333) of MM reactions would have been missed by testing to MBT alone. Most of these "missed" reactions, however, were doubtful (+/-) ormild (+) (MBT, 65%;MM, 78%), whereas most reactions in patients who reacted to both were moderate (++) and/or strong (+++) (52.3%). Gloves were the most common source. Conclusions: Mercaptobenzothiazole is the preferential screening allergen for mercapto compounds because of the following: (1) greater proportion of missed reactions with MM; (2) greater proportion of doubtful/mild reactions in the missed group for MM; and (3) in the group positive to both, the low rate (2%) of moderate/strong reactions to MM and doubtful/mild reactions to MBT as compared with the converse (21%). Mercapto mix may be useful in an auxiliary rubber series.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy