State Poison Center and Health Agency Issue Warning about Certain Hand Sanitizers | Wis.Community

State Poison Center and Health Agency Issue Warning about Certain Hand Sanitizers

August 4, 2020 - 11:44am
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 Some could contain alcohol that causes blindness or death

As the use of hand sanitizers has increased during the , so has the number of calls to poison centers related to possible toxic alcohol exposures. More hand sanitizer is being produced, either at home or in other countries, and it can contain a variety of chemicals and alcohols that can be dangerous, if not deadly.

There has been a dramatic increase in hand sanitizer products, labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have actually tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested, and can be life-threatening. New Mexico Poison Control recently reported three deaths and one case of permanent blindness due to ingestion of methanol contaminated hand sanitizers.

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