RE: FW: Nair

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From:"Karen D. Larison" <>
Date:Fri, 7 May 1999 11:53:16 -0800

Sorry to disappoint you, but according to a previous HistoNet discussion, Nair's 
active ingredients are the thioglycolate salts, which I believe disrupt the 
disulfide bonds that are found in abundance in hair.  According to my brief search 
of the literature, thioglycolates are also used for transdermal delivery of drugs.

Karen Larison -- University of Oregon

Date:          Thu, 6 May 1999 08:07:31 -0500
From:          "Bruce W. Brodersen" <>
Subject:       RE: FW: Nair
To:            <>, "Histonet" <>

I stand corrected.  The active ingredient in Nair is CaOH instead of NaOH.
Sorry for any problems this may have caused.

At any rate, we've tried Nair to soften blocks with hoof and had minimial
success.  We switched to a 5% solution of NaOH and it seems to work much

Bruce W. Brodersen, DVM, PhD   Email:
University of Nebraska         Voice:  402 472-1434
Veterinary Diagnostic Center   FAX:    402 472-3094
Lincoln, NE  68583-0907

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From: []
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 1999 5:29 AM
To: Bruce W. Brodersen
Subject: Re: FW: Nair

Dear Bruce,

Thank you very much for the information,

Best wishes,


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