Volume 15 - Issue 3 - March 2007

The thin-layer rapid-use epicutaneous (T.R.U.E.) test is a valuable first-line screening tool used by many dermatologists and allergists. Although the test focuses on common allergens, frequent questions have arisen from colleagues and patients as to where a specific allergen is derived or what products patients should avoid. With this in mind, this column was developed to provide educational information about the T.R.U.E. test allergens. This month, the column explores T.R.U.E. test allergen #8: parabens, a preservative agent commonly added to cosmetics, body care products and foods.<