Researchers believe that prolonged exposure to excessive levels of zinc contained in Fixodent causes zinc poisoning and other serious health problems. Evidence supporting this belief exists but the symptoms of zinc poisoning so closely resemble other conditions that zinc poisoning from Fixodent and other denture creams is often misdiagnosed. If you use Fixodent denture cream and believe that you are suffering from zinc poisoning, contact your doctor as soon as possible. After consulting with your doctor, you may wish to consult with an experienced Fixodent lawyer at Anapol Schwartz. Our product liability attorneys have a great deal of experience assisting people suffering from Fixodent zinc poisoning and may be able to help.
What are the Symptoms of Fixodent Zinc Poisoning?
Zinc is a known intestinal irritant, and the first symptoms of zinc poisoning include cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. People suffering from zinc poisoning also have low blood pressure, jaundice, seizures, numbness, loss of smell, taste and tactile sensation, urine retention, joint pain, persistent metallic taste in their mouth and other symptoms.
What are Some of the Common Misdiagnoses of Fixodent Zinc Poisoning?
The symptoms of Fixodent zinc poisoning are strikingly similar to a class of diseases known as demyelinating diseases. Myelin is the protective sheath that coats nerve cells throughout our bodies. Demyelinating diseases erode the protective myelin, causing many different conditions that share similar symptoms. Some of the most common misdiagnoses of Fixodent zinc poisoning are demyelinating diseases such as the following:
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
CIDP is a rare nerve disorder caused by the destruction of myelin and the swelling of nerve roots. Symptoms include weakness, paralysis and, in advanced cases, impaired motor function, especially in the extremities.
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome
This is a disorder caused by the body's immune system attacking parts of the nervous system. Initially, someone with this disorder will experience tingling and weakness in the arms and legs. If untreated, the weakness spreads until some muscle function is lost altogether.
- Demyelinating Syndrome
People afflicted with Demyelinating Syndrome report tingling and numbness in the face, arms, chest and legs, blindness, loss of muscle coordination and other serious health effects that grow progressively worse.
- Multiple Sclerosis
The symptoms of MS appear and disappear in the early stages, making it very difficult to detect early. Because the weakness, tingling, numbness and other symptoms of zinc poisoning come and go like those of MS, people with Fixodent zinc poisoning are very difficult to diagnose correctly.
You don't have to consult with a zinc poisoning attorney, but it's a good idea. Our product liability attorneys have been helping people harmed by defective products receive fair and just compensation since 1977, and they are very familiar with cases involving Fixodent and other denture creams. If you are suffering from zinc poisoning, you are not alone. Contact the experienced Fixodent zinc poisoning law firm Anapol Schwartz about your neuropathy case at 866-735-2792 or fill out the inquiry above form.