Parents, You May Want to Stop Using Band-Aid After You Read This Dire Warning

Johnson & Johnson's Band-Aids have been the go-to  choice for bandages in the U.S. for as long as we can remember. They're practically synonymous with bandages themselves - we oftentimes don't say "bandage," we say "Band-Aid."

And who doesn't know the catchy  jingle "I am stuck on Band-Aid brand, ‘cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me"?

But before you go humming that tune while  reaching for your Band-Aids, you might want to pump the brakes. Recent reports have uncovered something  unsettling: cancer-causing "forever chemicals" have been detected in Band-Aids and other trusted brands. It's enough to make you rethink what you're slapping on those cuts and scrapes.

From Daily Mail UK:

Testing by a leading watchdog found the chemical fluorine in over two dozen different bandages that can be found in millions of medicine cabinets across the country. 

PFAS chemicals are sometimes used to make adhesives, and investigators believe they are products of the normal manufacturing process. Fluorine, which is also used to make rocket fuel, can lead to skin burns and eye damage, but it is most dangerous when inhaled. 

Dr Linda Birnbaum, a toxicologist and former head of the National Toxicology Program who co-led the lab testing, said the fact that risky chemicals come in direct contact with open wounds was 'troubling'. 

PFAS chemicals can easily enter the bloodstream after a person drinks water or eats food laced with them. Once in the bloodstream, PFAS can lodge themselves within healthy tissue where it can begin to damage the immune system, the liver, the kidneys, and other organs. 

Environmental health watchdogs had 40 bandages from 18 different brands tested for fluorine, and detectable levels were found in 26 of them.

Consumer watchdog blog Mamavation and Environmental Health News used an EPA-certified lab to look for PFAS chemicals in the absorbent pads and adhesive flaps of bandages sold at major retailers, including CVS, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target, and Amazon.

The bandages that contain high levels of fluorine above 100 parts per million include brands Band-Aid, Care Science, Curad, CVS Health, Equate, First Honey, Rite Aid brand, Solimo (Amazon brand), and Up & Up, Target’s brand.

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