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Denture adhesive users are at risk of developing zinc poisoning or zinc toxicity.
Popular denture adhesive products such as Poligrip, Super Poligrip and Fixodent all contain zinc which, in excessive amounts, can be dangerous and even fatal. While a small amount of zinc, such as that found in beef, oysters and other foods is necessary for the human body, excessive amounts can be lethal since excessive zinc significantly depletes the copper in the body creating a dangerous situation. If excessive zinc is in your body you then you may experience neurological and or gastrointestinal problems that should not be ignored. Therefore, it is important for all denture adhesive users to understand the symptoms and dangers of this serious medical condition.
What are the Symptoms of Zinc Poisoning?
There are many symptoms of zinc poisoning. While these symptoms may mirror the symptoms of other medical conditions or may be innocuous, it is important to seek prompt medical attention if you use a denture adhesive product and experience:
- Unexplained weakness
- Tingling in hands and feet
- Poor balance
- Lack of coordination
- Unexplained pain
- Weakness in the hands, arms or legs
- Burning sensation
- Feeling of wearing gloves or socks when the skin is bare
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Fever, shaking and chills
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Skin reactions
- Nausea and Vomiting
What are the Potential Dangers of Zinc Poisoning?
The most severe potential outcome of zinc poisoning is death. Whether a person will die from zinc poisoning depends on how much zinc he or she ingested and how quickly medical help was obtained. Serious neurological problems can also result from zinc poisoning.
The symptoms of zinc poisoning can be acute. A patient may be feeling fine one day and be in need of emergency medical attention the following day. Or, the symptoms of zinc poisoning may be chronic and become more severe as you continue to use the denture adhesive products and add more zinc to your already zinc overloaded body.
The National Institute of Health recommends that for adults aged 19 and above the tolerable upper intake levels of zinc is 40 mg. Patients who use denture adhesives and exceed this amount or experience any of the symptoms listed above should immediately consult with their doctor.
If you have already suffered from zinc poisoning while using Fixodent or other denture adhesives then please contact a products liability attorney for a free, no obligation consultation and to make sure that all of your legal rights are protected.
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