Denture cream manufacturers began adding zinc to their products in the mid-1990s as it has desirable bonding and anti-odor properties. Zinc is also an essential element that our bodies need for our immune systems, cell division, normal growth and development and other important functions. However, too much zinc can be detrimental to health and lead to zinc poisoning, neuropathy and other serious health risks. Prolonged exposure to zinc, such as when it is absorbed through the mucocutaneous tissues of the mouth on a daily basis, has been linked to progressive neuropathy; it is that connection between denture creams like Fixodent and neuropathy that concerns zinc poisoning attorneys.
What is Neuropathy?
To understand neuropathy, a brief definition of neuropathy is helpful. Neuropathy is actually a collection of disorders that affect the peripheral nerves of the body such as hands, feet, legs, etc. Many different conditions such as diabetes, traumatic injuries, infections and exposure to toxins can cause neuropathy. Symptoms include pain, numbness and/or burning sensation in the extremities, twitching muscles, tingling, cramps and others, which are easy to misdiagnose. Prolonged exposure to excessive levels of zinc in Fixodent and other denture creams can lead to neuropathy. Symptoms of Fixodent neuropathy include those listed above and other serious health risks such as anemia, reduced levels of copper, bone marrow failure and loss of sensation in the hands and feet.
Is There a Link Between Fixodent Use and Neuropathy?
Researchers believe that there is. When people began complaining about numbness, suppressed immune systems, burning, tingling, muscle weakness and other health problems, researchers at the University of Texas launched a study. They found that Fixodent and other denture creams, has the potential to cause zinc poisoning and neuropathy, particularly during prolonged use. Other studies investigating the link between denture creams containing zinc and neuropathy are ongoing.
Should I Consult with a Fixodent Neuropathy Attorney?
Yes, you should, and for a couple of reasons. First, the FDA and researchers are compiling data about the link between denture creams that contain zinc and neuropathy and other health problems. Unless people come forward, the scope of their studies are limited. Second, companies that manufacture, distribute and sell products have a responsibility to make sure that their products are safe to use. If the products they make, distribute and sell are found to be dangerous, they can be held liable for damages.
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