Talcum powder is made of a mineral talc that contains oxygen, silicon, and magnesium. It is primarily used to reduce moisture, wetness, friction, and rashes.
So What Exactly Is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is mainly composed of talc. Talc is a mineral made up of hydrated magnesium silicate. Its chemical formula is Mg3Si4O10(OH)2 or H2Mg3(SiO3)4. When manufactured in powder form, it is very good at soaking up wetness and eliminating friction. Its astringent qualities make it excellent for rashes, deodorants, and various cosmetic applications. Alternatively, talcum powder can be made with corn starch instead of talc. Unfortunately, the composition of talc poses significant health risks when used in products, especially if it is inhaled.
What does Talcum Powder Treat?
One of the most common reasons people use talcum powder is for diaper rashes. These normally occur with children under the age of three when their diapers cause friction upon their skin. However, older patients suffering from incontinence or paralysis are also commonly prescribed talcum powder. In either case, the powder is supposed to alleviate the friction caused by the diaper or clothing and lubricate the affected area. Beyond this application, talcum powder is also regularly used for many medical and cosmetic issues including the following:
- Reduce chafing.
- Thicken eyelashes.
- Remove sand and other materials.
- Cool your linens and freshen clothing.
- Remove odors.
Who Manufacturers Talcum Powder?
Many companies manufacture and distribute talcum powder but its largest producer might be Johnson & Johnson. Of course, this pharmaceutical giant creates and sends out numerous products into the global market. However, this does not remove itself from liability if it did so knowing that any one of them- including talcum powder-posed a significant health risk to its consumers. The jury is still on whether Johnson & Johnson did so in regards to talcum powder but, remember, every company that sells this product has the same responsibility.
What Products are Similar to Talcum Powder?
There are comparable substitutes routinely used in place of talcum powder. They generally try to reduce moisture and friction in a similar fashion. However, as they all differ in their makeup and mechanical application, they all present different advantages and disadvantages. Here is a list of some common talcum powder replacements and, importantly, all of them are talc-free:
- Dry Down
- Baby Bee Dusting Powder
- Silking Underwear Dusting Powder
- High Cotton Body Dust
- Anthony No Sweat Body Defense
- NutriBiotic, Natural Body & Foot Powder
- Nature's Baby Organics, Silky Dusting Powder,
- Gold Bond Ultimate Comfort Body Powder with Aloe, Fresh Clean
Want To Know More About Talcum Powder?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers works with people that have been injured because of using talcum powder. As common as talcum powder is, it is still widely misunderstood. We can help you understand the danger it poses to your health and the opportunities that you have to recover if you have been hurt. Just contact our offices today.
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