Health Warning: Beauty Cream From Mexico Causes Mercury Poisoning
POSTED: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 4:18pm
EL PASO- – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is warning local residents that a beauty cream from Mexico has been identified as the source of six possible cases of mercury poisoning.
The product is being sold under the name “Crema Antiedad y Desmanchadora” and is nearly identical to “Crema Aguamary” identified in at least 44 cases of mercury poisoning in the state of Texas.
The cream is said to have 130,000 times the limit for mercury allowed by the FDA. .
Patients who have used "Aguamary" or "Antiedad" creams should stop using the creams and should be tested for blood and/or urine mercury.
Physicians or their patients may call the Texas Poison Control Network at: (800) 222-1222 regarding treatment recommendations.
Signs and symptoms frequently reported by cream users include:
• personality changes • nervousness • irritability • tremors • weakness • fatigue • excessive sweating • mouth, tongue, or gum ulcers/sores • elevated blood pressure • memory loss • pins-and-needles sensations in extremities • severe pains or cramps in arms and/or legs • muscle aches • excess protein in the urine
For more information on the City of El Paso Department of Public Health and the programs and services we provide, please visit: www.elpasotexas.gov/health.