Wet wipes cause awful anal rashes, Mayo Clinic warns
If you're an adult who still enjoys a cool wet wipe after using the bathroom, you could be in for one heck of a nasty butt rash. So says the Mayo Clinic in Rochester in a new report about toilet paper wipes that use a chemical preservative called methylchloroisothiazolinone or MCI.
If the threat of butt rashes isn't enough, we've got a story that will have you running for the coarsest toilet paper you can find. A 49-year-old man apparently got a rash around his anus that was so painful he couldn't walk for months. He's a mailman, which meant he had to take a two-month leave at work. When he stopped using the Kimberly-Clark's Cottonelle wet wipes, the anal rash went away.
Another man used wet wipes for 20 years(!!!) and assumed the rash was from psoriasis. Not so. Six weeks after cutting wet wipes from his bathroom routine, it cleared up.
Why does this happen? Researchers say people keep using the wet wipes because they think they are soothing the rash.
Although the rashes seem pretty rare, it's worth noting. If you've got some major issues happening between your buttocks, it might be worth letting go of your wet-wipe habit. Your behind will thank you.
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