MCALLEN — Nearly one hundred hand sanitizer products have been recalled for being poisoned with methanol, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
“Some of the methanol can actually go through your skin and into your bloodstream,” said Dermatologist Rick Lin.
Lin says methanol causes several symptoms but the most visible ones are itchiness and redness on your hands.
“You want to watch out for nausea, dizziness, vomiting , headaches, and blurred vision.”
Reports show many drink hand sanitizers as an alternative for their alcoholic beverage.
Cameron County Health Authority James Castillo said ingesting such chemical could be deadly.
“There’s been seven deaths in mexico and dozens of hospitalizations,” said Castillo.
New products in the market have fake labels claiming they’re FDA approved but the agency noted they’ve never approved any hand sanitizers and seeing such label is a red flag.
“It’s not that they don’t have labels it’s just that they are mislabeled. it’s a brand that you’ve never seen before. With COVID-19 and everybody buying hand sanitizers there’s a lot of companies that are manufacturing it in a very unsafe way without them being tested,” said Castillo.
Castillo added coming in contact with the toxic chemical could cause permanent damage to your nervous system and blindness. He recommended seeking medical attention immediately if you’ve been exposed.
Below is a complete list of products recalled.