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Three Substitutes for Talcum Powder

Posted on 03/23/2016Back

Americans have been in a nostalgic mood in recent years. Consider our devotion to TV shows like “Downton Abbey,” “Mad Men,” or “Fargo,” which revolve around historical themes and “retro” styling. Pastimes from yesteryear can be especially comforting during holidays and milestones. although these days we know to avoid some “old-school” practices. For instance, it was once commonplace to use the same talcum powder that personal injury attorneys have successfully proven to be linked to ovarian cancer, to soothe diaper rash, treat and prevent chafing skin, and keep makeup looking fresh.

Recently a St. Louis, Mo. jury awarded the family of Jackie Fox a multi-million dollar verdict to be paid by Johnson & Johnson. The Fox family’s lawyers successfully showed that the company failed to adequately warn consumers about the link between talcum powder used for “genital dusting” and ovarian cancer.

Given mounting evidence against the safe day-to-day use of talcum powder, here are three substitutes for its common household applications:

  • Talcum Powder Substitute No. 1: Instead of using a talc-based product to soothe diaper rash, the Mayo Clinic suggests keeping the affected area exceptionally clean, allowing oxygen to reach the rash by letting baby go without a diaper for several brief periods throughout the day, and treating extremely irritated skin with zinc oxide ointment.
  • Talcum Powder Substitute No. 2: Children and adults who struggle with chapped or chafed skin can treat the condition with common corn starch, baking soda, or rice flour.
  • Talcum Powder Substitute No. 3: Instead of using talcum powder to help keep makeup looking fresh, begin your beauty regimen with a tinted moisturizer, which can serve as a primer for your cosmetics and often has the added bonus of SPF protection.

At GoldenbergLaw, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to achieving justice for people who have been harmed by talcum powder products ─ particularly women who may be impacted by ongoing litigation against Johnson & Johnson because of the link between talc and ovarian cancer. Please contact our attorneys online or by telephone if you or someone you love developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for genital dusting: 612-436-5026.

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