Thirty five million Americans wear dentures, but many don’t know the potential dangers of their denture cream. Some denture creams, such as Fixadent and Poligrip, contain zinc. Overexposure to zinc can be toxic and lead to several conditions including neuropathy, anemia, paralysis, and bone issues. The zinc poisoning injury attorneys at Atkins and Markoff urge consumers to seek medical attention immediately and contact one of our law offices immediately if symptoms described below are experienced from denture cream use.
Denture Creams Containing Potentially Harmful Zinc Levels
Some denture creams are known to contain zinc, such as Fixodent, Poligrip, Super Poligrip. But unfortunately, denture creams are considered “Class 1” by the Food and Drug Administration. That means manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients on the label. So your denture cream could contain zinc but it would not tell you on the packaging.
ZINC TOXICITY AND SYMPTONS OF ZINC POISONING
People need zinc in small quantities to stay healthy. But in large quantities, it is extremely dangerous and can cause neuropathy, ataxia, lethargy, copper deficiency, anemia, paralysis, and bone marrow problems.
A person who regularly uses a denture cream containing zinc may never experience problems. But if a person receives an excessive dosage of zinc from the cream, the consequences could be disastrous. Some people are particularly at risk, especially those with ill-fitting dentures or those who use excessive amounts of denture cream.
The symptoms of zinc poisoning include:
Tingling in hands and feet
Lack of coordination
Weakness in the hands, arms or legs
Feeling of wearing gloves or socks when the skin is bare
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY DENTURE CREAM CONTAINS ZINC?
If you believe you have zinc toxicity, consult a doctor immediately. If you suspect your denture cream could have caused zinc toxicity, then you can report the product to the Food and Drug Administration by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.
May Americans who wear dentures are suffering because they are not given adequate warning about the dangers of zinc in denture cream. Many people do not even know the cream they are using contains zinc until they have already had to endure the painful consequences. But by contacting a legal professional, many Americans are able to hold the responsible parties accountable and achieve justice.
If you or someone you love has been injured by the zinc in denture cream, you need to take action. Contact the zinc poisoning lawyers at the Oklahoma law firm of Atkins & Markoff today to schedule an initial consultation.