PoliGrip, Super PoliGrip, and Fixodent are among the most popular denture creams used in the United States. Unfortunately, these brands have also been linked to zinc poisoning. Zinc poisoning can be a very serious medical condition if continuous and left untreated, so as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms, you should see a doctor for diagnosis.
What are the symptoms of zinc poisoning?
Every person is different, but some of the major symptoms include weakness and numbness in the extremities, tingling or burning sensations in the hands and feet, balance and coordination problems, vomiting, fever, and rashes. Too much zinc causes a chain reaction in which the levels of copper in your body are depleted, causing many of these symptoms. Your symptoms will depend on how much zinc is found in your system every day and how long you've been using denture cream that has zinc as one of the ingredients.
Why is official diagnosing important if I know what's wrong?
The symptoms of zinc poisoning can be attributed to other medical problems as well, which is perhaps why the first cases of denture cream zinc poisoning weren't reported until 2006, even though zinc has been used in denture creams since the mid-1990s. Only with the proper diagnosis can you be effectively treated. In addition, you need confirmation that you have zinc poisoning if you intend to file a denture cream lawsuit against the drug manufacturer who produced the denture cream you use.
How is zinc poisoning diagnosed?
There are a number of different tests used to diagnose zinc poisoning. Doctors can test your blood for ceruloplasmin or do zinc/copper red blood cell tests. Zinc and copper levels can also be tested through urine samples. Testing the zinc and copper levels in your body can confirm zinc poisoning for some people, but you can also strengthen the diagnosis by eliminating other demyelinating diseases, which are conditions that appear similar to zinc poisoning. Multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polynauropathy (CIDP) can all also look similar to zinc poisoning, so ask your doctor to rule those conditions out.
How long does the zinc stay in my system?
You should stop using your denture cream as soon as you experience any potential zinc poisoning symptoms. However, you need to be tested within a week, since the zinc will start to leave your body soon after you stop using the denture cream. If you don't, the level of zinc in your body may seem small, hurting your case even if you're experiencing symptoms.
Can a lawyer help me?
Yes! After you are tested for zinc poisoning, talk to an attorney to find out more about your rights. Be prepared to share your medical records, discuss your symptoms, and go through other tests to prove that you weren't misdiagnosed. A lawyer can help you get the money you need to cover your medical costs and other expenses, so don't delay in calling someone to talk about your experience.
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