Beware of Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol
A alert has been given on hand sanitizers containing methanol (methyl alcohol), by the American Association of Poison Control Centers on August 7, 2020.
The United States Food and Drug Administration has warned already about the methanol contamination in certain hand sanitizers.
Patients can experience nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, depending on the dosage of methanol and the amount swallowed. Headache, dizziness, and slurred speech can also be common symptoms, according to a news release from the poison control center.
The amounts of these polluted products are varied and can result in very toxic coma, respiratory failure, seizures, blindness and death.
Call the poison control center if you have an adverse reaction to methanol-containing hand sanitizers.
Below are a few ways to receive secure and expert assistance:
- You can send the text message “POISON” to the number 797979.
- Save 800-222-1222 as the “Poison Help Hotline” on your mobile device.
- Prominently show the hotline number in an easily accessible area of your home.