Any allergic reactions to products containing chlorhexidine must be reported to the MHRA.
Chlorhexidine is present in a wide range of topical and oromucosal antiseptic products, including creams, wipes, mouthwashes, toothpastes, throat sprays and dressings.
The recommended advice for healthcare professionals is to:
- Be aware of the potential for an anaphylactic reaction to chlorhexidine
- Ensure all known allergies are recorded in patients' notes
- For patients with a known allergy, check product information prior to use to establish if it contains chlorhexidine
- If a patient experiences an unexplained reaction, check whether chlorhexidine was used or was impregnated in a medical device that was used.