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Dimethyl sulfoxide in hair relaxers

Dimethyl sulfoxide DMSO was first synthesized in 1866 by the Russian scientist Alexander Zaytsev, who reported his findings in 1867. The substance can rapidly penetrate the skin; within moments of applying it the user experiences a garlic taste in the mouth, followed by a garlic odor on the breath that lasts for several hours.

DMSO is used in many industries due to its exceptional penetrating powers and transporting abilities. It can easily penetrate the skin, get into the bloodstream and interact with cells within moments of its application. Dimethyl sulfoxide can carry small molecules of certain chemicals, such as pharmaceutical drugs, dyes, and various pollutants.

Furthermore, dimethyl sulfoxide is often contaminated with harmful substances, including carcinogenic chemicals, that DMSO can carry into a biological system.

The use of dimethyl sulfoxide in medicine dates from around 1963. It's mainly used as a vehicle for topical application of pharmaceuticals. Veterinarians commonly use DMSO as a liniment for horses.

The chemical was developed industrially in the 1940s and used in:

  • antifreeze solutions
  • solvent for paints
  • synthetic fibers
  • household cleaners

DMSO is available in several forms:

  • as a medically pure solution of 50% concentration available with a medical prescription
  • as a 90% solution for veterinary use
  • as a 99.9% solution in industrial-grade products
  • as experimental medical-grade solutions of various concentrations available only for federally approved studies

Adverse reactions to DMSO exposure

According to a study review, the most commonly reported side effects include headaches, burning, and itching on contact with the skin. DMSO may induce histamine release leading to adverse reactions such as flushing, abdominal cramps, and cardiovascular reactions. DMSO can also cause adverse reactions in the neurological and urogenital systems.

Dermatological side effects are common when dimethyl sulfoxide is administered transdermally, while cardiovascular, respiratory, and urogenital adverse reactions occur mostly when administered intravenously. Whereas gastrointestinal reactions have a higher incidence when DMSO is ingested. According to the studies, adverse reactions to DMSO are related to the dose, and it, therefore, seems safe to use DMSO in small doses.

DMSO and other chemicals in hair relaxers

Chemical hair relaxers are applied to hair to straighten or smooth out curls. These products contain a mix of strong chemicals - parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, and heavy metals - to break the hair's protein structure and change its texture. Dimethyl sulfoxide, also referred to as DMSO is one of those chemicals that lurk in hair straightening products and can negatively impact the consumers' health.

Atraxia Law's team can help you file a toxic hair relaxer claim

With over 35 years of experience helping victims of toxic exposure, our team of experts is ready to determine whether you can file a toxic hair relaxer claim against the liable manufacturers. Regardless of what hair relaxers you used over the years, there might be a link if you suffer from hormone-sensitive diseases such as:

Therefore, we advise you to contact Atraxia Law for a free case evaluation; you can either call us or fill out the free case evaluation form. We offer quick 10-minute case evaluations over the phone and help you contact an excellent toxic exposure attorney if you meet the eligibility requirements.

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