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FDA Claims Sunscreen Seeps Into Bloodstream: What You Need To Know

According to a report by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the active ingredients in popular sunscreens can be absorbed through the skin at potentially dangerous levels. This can occur after just one day of use. While the FDA stopped short of recommending that consumers stop using sunscreen, the agency did recommend caution when using these products. If adverse effects are experienced after use, a Sugar Land emergency center can address these issues and protect your health.

Four Chemicals Involved in the Study

The chemicals implicated in the FDA study included oxybenzone, avobenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule. These ingredients are present in many of the most popular sunscreens available in the consumer marketplace. The study found that all four of these substances were absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream at levels that exceeded the FDA recommendations by as much as eight times. This could potentially lead to unintended health problems for those exposed to these chemicals. Rash was the most common issue reported by patients in the study. For those who do experience unwanted side effects after using sunscreen, a trip to a Sugar Land emergency clinic can provide added peace of mind and immediate treatment options. 

Benefits Still Outweigh Risks

Most dermatologists still recommend the use of sunscreen to prevent sunburn and to lower the risk of skin cancer. Because the FDA study does not demonstrate any immediate dangers for those who use sunscreen products, it is still a good idea to apply plenty of sunblock before going out in the hot Texas sun this summer. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide may also be good alternatives to sunscreens that contain avobenzone, octocrylene, ecamsule or oxybenzone.

Preventing Sunburn

Excessive exposure to the sun can result in a painful burn and an unexpected trip to your Sugar Land emergency room. Sunscreen can prevent these issues and provide you with the best available protection against the dangers of too much fun in the sun. Limiting your time in the sun and covering up with sun-reflecting garments when you are out for an extended period of time may be a good alternative to sunblock for you and your family.

When to Visit Your Sugar Land Emergency Department

Severe rashes and other unexplained symptoms could warrant a trip to your Sugar Land emergency medical services provider. At St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms, we offer the best options for you and your family to treat all types of major and minor medical emergencies. Call us today at 281-980-4357 to let us know you are on your way. We are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week every day of the year.

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