Diaper rash ointment and precocious puberty

An eight-month-old infant developed precocious puberty (early development of breasts and pubic hair) after her mother used a veterinary salve for diaper rash. Some mothers in rural areas use such products as Phillips Corona Ointment which is used for inflammation of cow’s udders. Apparently estrogen was absorbed through the infant’s skin. Symptoms disappeared after use of the ointment was discontinued. (Indiana Medicine 77:610, 1984) Most people-including physicians-do not recognize the skin as a very effective portal of entry of chemicals into the bloodstream, and entirely disregard ointments, cosmetics, and deodorants as sources of intoxication.

Copyright 1999 Phylis Austin

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