Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral found in clay, and may lead to severe complications through use. Many people use it to keep the skin dry because of its high moisture-absorbing characteristics. It’s also effective in preventing body rashes, and so, several mums have applied them on their babies.
Again, talc is a significant ingredient in many beauty products like eyeshadows, blushes, face powder, and many more. It is also present in other consumer products like chalk, sanitary pads, deodorants, soaps, condoms, etc. Undoubtedly, talc is beneficial for many purposes.
However, it contains asbestos — a substance known to cause lung and ovarian cancer. Consequently, innocent consumers who had no idea of its adverse side effects have fallen victim to these ailments. While Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturers of talcum powder, have denied that talcum powder is unsafe, lawsuits keep mounting against them.
If you feel you’ve got health problems due to your prolonged talcum powder use, consult your mass tort lawyer. Are you unsure about what side effects are from your talcum powder? Then read on.
Did Talcum Powder Cause My Health Complications?
If you’ve been using talcum powder and have developed some unexplained health complications, it may be from talc. The only way to find out for sure is by visiting your health care providers for an assessment. Be sure to explain all your symptoms to them, including when they started and your suspicions.
However, the following are some of the most common health effects associated with talcum powder:
A significant number of talcum powder plaintiffs are women. That’s because, according to cancer.org, some studies have shown a connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. Women become susceptible to ovarian cancer when they use talcum powder for personal hygiene. For example, some women apply talcum powder directly on their genitals to control sweat and odor.
Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include a swollen tummy, abnormal urge to urinate, painful sex, bloating and tummy discomfort, etc. Women over 50 years with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer are at higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. It’s the most fatal reproductive cancer.
Respiratory Problems in Children and Adults
Like we mentioned earlier, many mums have used talcum powder to keep their infants’ bottoms dry. Unfortunately, however, talcum powder has a lot of particles that fly around upon application. Those particles may irritate your infant’s lungs and cause respiratory problems if they inhale them.
Usual symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing, convulsions, vomiting, and diarrhea. That’s why pediatricians have advised against the use of talcum powder on infants.
Talcum powder use can also cause respiratory issues for adults. Like infants, adults can inhale talcum powder particles that may irritate their lungs. Sometimes, they can develop chronic respiratory complications like Talcosis, a severe lung irritation.
Apart from ovarian cancer, talcum powder has been linked to lung cancer too. Persistent and prolonged cough, chest infections, coughing up blood, breathlessness, etc., are all common symptoms of lung cancer.
Another possible side effect of talcum powder is endometrial cancer. Like ovarian cancer, this type of cancer affects women, especially those above 50 years old. Endometrial cancer usually begins in a woman’s uterus lining.
Inhaling talcum powder can make you develop asthma and pneumonia symptoms. That’s especially if you’re already susceptible to those illnesses.
How Can I Get Compensation for My Talcum Powder Injuries?
You can get compensation for your complication caused by talcum powder via a talcum powder lawsuit. Like other personal injury lawsuits, you can request damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, etc. However, since you’re dealing with a giant pharmaceutical company, your choice of lawyers can determine your success chances.
Talcum powder lawsuits are complicated. Any mistake on your part or your lawyers can reduce your chances of getting maximum compensation for your injuries. As such, you must only hire attorneys with proven track records of success in previous talcum powder cases.
Contact an Experienced Mass Tort Lawyer Today!
Although Johnson and Johnson deny it, talcum powder has proven more dangerous than helpful to its consumers. If you’ve developed cancer due to talcum powder (or any other complication), you can get compensation by filing a lawsuit. Our mass tort attorneys at Rueb Stoller Daniel will make sure of that.
Once we assess your case and confirm that talc powder caused your cancer, we’d offer you quality legal representation. We’d handle all your legal concerns while you focus on getting healthier. Contact us for a case review with one of our lawyers immediately.