Band-Aids Have Cancer-Causing Chemicals That Directly Enter The Bloodstream Through Open Wounds, According To Reports

Everything is poison.

By Nicole Dominique1 min read

Bandages from some of the most popular brands, including Band-Aid (owned by Johnson & Johnson) and Curad (by Medline Industries), have been found to contain PFAS, otherwise known as cancer-causing "forever chemicals."

According to a new report, the bandages contain fluorine, which can lead to skin burns and eye damage. Toxicologist and former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program, Dr. Linda Birnbaum, reveals that it's worrisome that these chemicals have direct contact with open wounds. “Because bandages are placed upon open wounds, it’s troubling to learn that they may be also exposing children and adults to PFAS,” said Dr. Birnbaum, the study’s co-author.

The study reveals that the chemicals were present in the adhesive part of the bandages. The brands likely use PFAS for "waterproof qualities." Dr. Birnbaum added, “It’s obvious from the data that PFAS are not needed for wound care, so it’s important that the industry remove their presence to protect the public from PFAS and opt instead for PFAS-free materials.”

This means that whenever you slap a bandage on a cut, the PFAS can easily enter the bloodstream. Once there, these chemicals can lodge in tissue, potentially damaging the immune system, liver, kidneys, and other organs. The study includes some of the side effects of PFAS, including “reduced immune system, vaccine response, developmental and learning problems for infants and children, certain cancers, lowered fertility, and endocrine disruption.”

In 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued health advisories that claimed PFAS are “much more hazardous to human health than scientists originally thought and are probably more dangerous even at levels thousands of times lower than previously believed.”

Which Bandage Brands Are Safe To Use?

In need of safer bandages? According to Mamavation, some of the best bandages include All Terrain Neon Kids Bandages, 3M Micropore Surgical/Medical Tape, Band-Aid Hello Kitty Assorted Adhesive Bandages, and *TRU COLOUR Skin Tone Bandages, which all had no organic fluorine detected on the sticky flaps of bandages.

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