A Common Household Danger: Talc
The white, fine powder known as talc has been used for generations to prevent diaper rash and leave babies smelling sweet. Talc is also used in the medical field, both in gloves and to occasionally help prevent the buildup of fluid in the lungs of cancer patients. This seemingly innocuous powder has hidden dangers. Think again before you pull this product off the store shelf and use it for your baby or your body. If you have a loved one who is or has suffered from Talc, contact an experienced national talcum powder lawsuit attorney for an initial legal consultation.
Medical Uses for Talc
Sterile Talc is used by medical professionals for a couple of reasons:
- To prevent pleural effusion. In seriously ill patients, like those with cancer or other debilitating illnesses, fluid can build up in the chest cavity, also known as the pleural space. Buildup of fluid can lead to pneumonia, which is often fatal to seriously ill patients. To avoid the recurrence of this buildup, doctors may inject sterile talc directly into the pleural space through a chest tube. It works by irritating the tissue around the cavity, so that the cavity closes off.
- Some hospitals still use gloves that have been lined with sterile talc. This powder is meant to absorb sweat and other forms of moisture. However, this practice is being phased out, as there’s evidence that talc in surgical gloves leads to complications.
Are Talc Complications Serious?
Talc is an irritating substance that some studies have identified as a possible carcinogenic. It can lead to a myriad of complications:
- Talc or other powders in surgical gloves are linked to an increased risk of foreign body reactions during surgical procedures. In other words, you have a better chance of enduring an immune system reaction post-op because small amounts of powder end up in your body. It also increases your risk of infection. The threat is so serious that the Food and Drug Administration proposed a ban on all powdered gloves in March.
- Intrapleural talc can have adverse effects. Side effects of the procedure may include coughing up blood, fainting, or severe chest pain. These can all be signs of another serious condition.
- In recent months, there’s been some speculation that talc may be related to the incidence of ovarian cancer and lung cancer. Talc is a silicate, like asbestos, and unrefined talc contains asbestos, a known carcinogen in small doses. It’s widely accepted that talc miners are at an increased risk for lung cancer. What’s less clear is if talc leads to ovarian cancer when used for feminine hygiene. Johnson & Johnson has been hit with various lawsuits allegedly linking their product to ovarian cancer. A year ago, Johnson and Johnson was ordered to pay $55 million to a woman who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Now, the compnay faces another talcum powder lawsuit in February
Can I Begin a Personal Injury Lawsuit as a Result of Talc Usage?
If you’ve experienced an infection, allergic reaction, pain, or even cancer as the result of talc or its derivatives, your next steps are crucial. You may be wondering how to pay for your mounting medical bills, how to make up lost income from missed work, or even how to get justice from the parties responsible.
A law firm with a specialized talcum powder lawsuit attorney can help you answer these questions for you. Talk to an associate at Roden and Love to see if you’re eligible for a personal injury claim. We’ll help you identify and pursue the parties responsible, whether it’s the manufacturer or the physician who treated you.
Contact our office for a free initial consultation with our knowledgeable team. We’ll gladly review the specifics of your case and help you decide on an appropriate course of action, all at no cost to you. To schedule yours today, please contact us. Don’t let the big companies get away with negligence.