It has been estimated that more than 35 million Americans use denture creams such as Poligrip, Fixodent, and other brands every day. Unfortunately, while these products may appear safe, they contain high levels of zinc. When used on a daily basis to secure dentures in place, they can be hazardous to your health. The zinc in the cream is ingested into the body through the mouth and has the potential to decrease the body’s level of the essential mineral copper. Over time, this can lead to painful, irreversible and debilitating nerve damage, including neuropathy.
We invite you to explore this site to learn more about denture cream/zinc poisoning and how we can assist you in seeking compensation for your injuries and suffering by initiating a denture cream lawsuit. We represent all clients on a contingency basis. This means you will not have to pay us any fees for handling your case unless we obtain compensation for you.
If you think you are suffering from zinc poisoning as a result of using a denture cream, you do not have to suffer alone or in silence. Our experienced Oklahoma denture cream/zinc poisoning lawyers are here to assist you. Please fill out our risk-free case evaluation form at your earliest convenience. Or, contact us directly.
About Zinc Poisoning
Researchers have reported a link between nerve damage and neurological problems such as neuropathy with zinc poisoning caused by the use of denture creams. How much zinc can a person safely ingest per day? The recommended daily allowance of zinc is 8 mg for women and 11 mg for men. The largest daily amount is 40 mg. Excess zinc intake interferes with the body’s metabolism of copper, which in turn can lead to a deficiency of copper and neurological problems.
Zinc poisoning can be classified as both chronic and acute. Symptoms can include, but are not limited to, nausea, abdominal pain, lack of energy, dizziness, vomiting, weakness in the extremities, lethargy, numbness, and more. The cause of these symptoms can be difficult to pinpoint and is, of course, not always the result of zinc poisoning. However, if you have experienced symptoms such as these, and have been using denture creams, your physician can request a blood or hair test to determine the level of zinc in your body and make a diagnosis of zinc poisoning. In addition, copper deficiency can be determined through a blood test.
You should know that it is possible for a person to ingest too much zinc and experience neurological problems even after being given a “normal” result in a blood test. Furthermore, the physical problems associated with zinc poisoning can actually continue after the levels of copper and zinc have returned to normal.
Hyperzincemia Versus Hypocupremia
Physicians and other medical professionals use the terms hyperzincemia and hypocupremia to describe the conditions we have been referring to on this site.
Hyperzincemia is defined as an excessive amount of zinc or zinc toxicity. There is nothing wrong with zinc in and of itself. In fact, your body needs zinc for a healthy immune system, to synthesize Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), foster an accurate sense of taste and smell, heal wounds, and more. It is when you have too much zinc in your body that problems can develop.
Hypocupremia, on the other hand, refers to a deficiency of copper within the body. Copper, like zinc, is important to the normal functioning of the human body. Copper helps oxidize glucose and release energy; aids in the body’s ability to absorb another necessary element, iron; increases energy levels; aids in proper nerve and brain functioning; helps supply oxygen to the brain; and more. By lowering the levels of copper in the body, zinc poisoning negatively impacts these functions and can lead to the myriad of physical problems we have discussed.
If you believe you are suffering from zinc poisoning or copper deficiency as a result of using denture creams, fill out our case evaluation form. Or, contact our denture cream/zinc poisoning attorneys directly for assistance.
Here is a list of the symptoms associated with denture cream/zinc poisoning:
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rate
- Lack of balance
- Bladder problems
- Sexual dysfunction
- Weakness in the arms and legs
- Trouble walking or running
- Fatigue or a feeling of heaviness in the extremities
- Inability to perspire
- General soreness
- A condition known as paresthesias, which can lead to numbness, tingling sensations, and feeling like you are being pinched or stabbed
- A condition known as dyesthesias, which can lead to the feeling that when you touch something, it seems as if you are wearing gloves, i.e. a sense that you are not directly contacting the object you are touching
Clearly, some of these symptoms can result from issues other than denture cream/zinc poisoning, but if you have experienced them, and use denture creams, such a diagnosis is a possibility. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get a blood test and/or hair test to determine whether you are indeed suffering from zinc poisoning. Couple that with the steady use of denture creams, and you may have a case against denture cream manufacturers.
If You Suffered Zinc Poisoning After Using Denture Cream in Oklahoma, Our Attorneys Can Help
While health issues such as these may be caused by a number of factors, they are symptoms of denture cream/zinc poisoning. If you are experiencing these symptoms, and have been using a denture cream such as Poligrip, Fixodent or another brand, your first step should be to contact your physician for a blood test or hair analysis. If the results indicate zinc poisoning or copper deficiency, you should contact our office immediately. You can do so by filling out our case evaluation form, or via phone or email. Hasbrook and Hasbrook is here to help you recover just compensation for your injuries, and welcome the opportunity to do so. Contact us today. You pay nothing unless we obtain the compensation you deserve.