What Are The Uses Of Phenoxyethanol?
Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative in various dermatological preparations due to its germicidal and germistatic properties.
It is used widely as:
- Preservative in cosmetics and lubricants
- An antiseptic
- An insect repellent
- Perfume fixative
- An anesthetic in fish aquaculture
- Stabilizer in soaps and perfumes
What Are The Side Effects Of Phenoxyethanol?
It is generally safe and non-toxic in low doses. High doses of Phenoxyethanol may be toxic. Toxicity occurs when it is inhaled or ingested. It is unsafe to apply it around the mouth and on to the lips.
Side effects of high doses are:
- Skin irritation, lung irritation
- Long-term exposure can cause organ damage
- Nipple cream used by lactating mothers can cause vomiting, dehydration, vomiting and CNS disorders in infants.
- Eye irritation
- Brain cell damage
Consult your doctor if any of the above side effects occur.
What Are The Contraindications Of Phenoxyethanol?