Formaldehyde is a chemical commonly known for being used to preserve dead bodies of humans and animals. It is a carcinogen that has long been linked to multiple severe medical conditions. Where else can this carcinogen be found in our daily lives? Read below to learn more secret hiding places of this toxic chemical.
Formaldehyde shows up in a lot of the products in your home today. It’s not commonly added to many products intentionally, but instead, it forms as a result of the breakdown of preservatives in many shampoos, soaps, conditioners and body washes. You are literally probably rubbing formaldehyde all over your body without knowing it. It can also be found in many of your cleaning and beauty products, as well as some brands of baby wipes! Be sure to check for it in glues and adhesives too. Arts and crafts can turn dangerous if formaldehyde is present in that bottle of sticky glue!
Formaldehyde is a carcinogen that has long been linked to nasal squamous cell cancer. In addition to being cancerous, it’s a skin irritant that can cause allergy-like reactions such as skin rashes, watery or burning eyes, sore throat, and stuffy nose. Even for those who find themselves without sensitive skin, allergic skin rashes can occur as a result of contact with products that contain formaldehyde. Reactions can also include symptoms as severe as; headaches, lethargy, and nausea. If your child starts to feel sick after playing with, or using, a new product make sure that it does not contain formaldehyde in the ingredients!
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