Why is the benzene in sunscreen dangerous?

Benzene is a known human carcinogen, which speaks volumes about how toxic and dangerous it can be to our health. It can lead to the development of acute myeloid leukemia, among other serious diseases.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

Inhalation is perhaps the most dangerous route of exposure to benzene

The chemical is colorless and has a very distinctive odor that resembles gasoline. Benzene is soluble in water. It can easily lead to negative health consequences on the bone marrow and can also lead to a drop in red blood cells, which can cause anemia. Benzene can trigger excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance of infection. The chemical is extremely poisonous, and poisoning can cause sudden death. However, deaths have been reported as long as 3 days after the poisoning. This might be because benzene stays in our bodies for approximately 48 hours before being excreted through urine.

When it comes to exposure to benzene from tainted sunscreen, people who have unknowingly been applying these dangerous products have a constant level of benzene in their systems, as just as the chemical is eliminated from their bodies, another dose enters through skin absorption. With regular use, benzene can be very damaging to the blood and bone marrow, hence the vulnerability to consumers to develop acute myeloid leukemia. It is essential to mention that there is a difference between poisoning and exposure. While poisoning usually has immediate, visible effects on the person, exposure generally occurs gradually, over several months or years.

The symptoms of benzene poisoning, regardless of the route of sudden exposure, include the following:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • irregular heartbeat
  • headaches
  • tremors
  • confusion
  • unconsciousness
  • vomiting
  • convulsions

If you suspect a person was exposed to a high level of benzene, call the emergency line immediately and seek medical attention, as benzene poisoning can easily be fatal. As for benzene sunscreen, if you have been using one and now struggle with acute myeloid leukemia, we advise you to contact us, as we have what it takes to efficiently handle your case.

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Our legal team and attorneys have been providing legal assistance for over 25 years, specializing in toxic exposure, which is why we are ideal for handling your benzene sunscreen claim. We advise everyone whose health was affected by the benzene in these products to take legal action against the careless manufacturers, as this is the only way we can discourage companies from acting negligently in the future.

If you wish to file a claim, all you have to do is call us, describe your situation in detail, answer our questions, and send us some documents, including your medical records. Our lawyers will analyze your case, and if you are found eligible for compensation, they will start preparing your claim for submission. In the end, you will benefit from the largest sum of money available for your diagnosis.

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