What does benzene do to your body?

Since it can lead to chromosome changes in the bone marrow cells, benzene may eventually cause leukemia. This highly toxic chemical mainly targets the nervous system and the bone marrow. Using benzene-containing deodorant for a significant time increases your leukemia risk.

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Benzene stays in the body for 48 hours, then it is converted to metabolites

If a person is exposed to benzene for a brief period, the solvent will be eliminated from their body within 48 hours. Their liver and bone marrow will convert benzene to metabolites, which are responsible for some of the harmful consequences of exposure. Most benzene leaves the body through the urine following exposure. However, if someone regularly uses benzene deodorant, they will have a constant level of this chemical in their blood, increasing their chances of developing leukemia. No exposure to benzene is safe, as the solvent is a known human carcinogen.

In the long run, benzene can severely impact the bone marrow and cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. Benzene can also cause excessive bleeding and impact the immune system, increasing the risk of infection. Some of the immediate symptoms of benzene exposure are:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • dizziness
  • convulsions
  • abdominal pain
  • stomach irritation
  • drowsiness or sleepiness
  • rapid heart rate
  • confusion
  • headaches
  • pale skin
  • tight chest feeling
  • unconsciousness

People exposed to benzene from the deodorant body spray they have been using are at higher risk for leukemia, as up to 36% of the chemical is absorbed through the skin. Furthermore, they also inhale a low dose of benzene every time they apply the product, which only increases their leukemia risk. The general population is already exposed to benzene regularly, as this harmful solvent is present in:

  • diesel exhaust
  • industrial emissions
  • tobacco smoke
  • detergents and paints

It is important to note that indoor air usually contains greater benzene concentrations than outdoor air. If a person uses glues, paints, furniture wax, and detergents with benzene regularly in addition to applying contaminated deodorant body spray, their risk of leukemia increases once more. Our attorneys, who have over 25 years of professional experience, may be able to help you file a benzene deodorant claim if you meet the eligibility criteria.

We offer quality legal assistance to people struggling with leukemia

For over two decades, our legal team has been dedicated to assisting toxic exposure victims, including people who used contaminated products that can take a heavy toll on their health. If you used one or more benzene deodorant products and were diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, or chronic lymphocytic leukemia, please contact our law firm, as you may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturers. You will only have to send us evidence of having used benzene deodorant and your medical records.

After a thorough review of your documents, our resourceful attorneys will determine whether you are entitled to file a benzene deodorant claim. If you are, they will promptly begin working on it, and eventually, you may obtain the compensation available for your diagnosis. Until the resolution, you can go on with your life as usual, as the legal process will require minimal involvement on your part. Our skilled legal team will take care of the remaining aspects of the process on your behalf, as we know how difficult it can be to suffer from leukemia.

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