For over a hundred years, talcum powder has been a popular product in many homes throughout the US, and around the world. While the primary use of baby powder is to use it on babies, talc has been used for many other purposes too.
What is talc powder used for? Here are some of the most common uses of talcum powder:
To dry baby's skin
Talcum powder is popularly used on babies to prevent diaper rash and used to help them smell clean and fresh. It's important to be careful when using talc on babies because if the powder is inhaled, it can cause long-term breathing problems.
To help soothe dry skin problems and irritation
Sufferers of eczema and psoriasis have used talcum powder to soothe skin sensitivity and itchiness. As eczema can often appear around the inside of arms and legs, where it can get warm and sweaty, talcum powder has been used to keep the areas dry and reduce irritation.
Help reduce chafing
Talcum powder can be used on skin areas that have a habit of rubbing and developing sore skin. People who exercise often, use talc on their thighs and underarms to stop their skin from chafing.
Used to dry skin after bathing or showering
Talc has been popularly used like moisturizer and to dry the skin after bathing. The talc particles can help dry the skin without drying it out completely. It is often used on feet to help them dry properly and reduce the risk of foot problems from developing.
Keeping bed sheets cool and fresh
Some people like to sprinkle talcum powder on their bed sheets to help keep cool and make the sheets smell fresh.
While talc powder is used for many different purposes, the main question is, is it safe to use?
Over the last decade, there has been a rising number of talcum powder lawsuits being filed in the US, claiming that Johnson and Johnson's baby powder could cause ovarian cancer when used for feminine hygiene.
There have been many cases where women have used baby powder on the genital area to help keep clean and they have later developed ovarian cancer. It is being argued that J&J knew there was a risk of developing cancer when using talc but decided not to warn their customers. They did not add any warning labels or recall their products.
Talcum powder lawsuits have reached court and some women have won compensation for the damages caused by baby powder. From the successful cases, there is a strong suggestion, there is a good chance of success for people who have developed ovarian cancer from using talc and win compensation.
If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by talcum powder, you could be eligible to claim compensation
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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.