TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/CNN) – A harmful well being danger is spreading by means of social media memes. Individuals are making jokes on-line about consuming laundry pods and docs say they’ve seen instances the place teenagers are literally following by way of.
The social media photographs present laundry pods getting used as toppings on pizza and put in a bowl and topped with bleach for breakfast. Individuals have even posted movies of themselves biting into them.
“It’s similar to what occurred a number of years in the past with the cinnamon problem,” stated well being toxicologist Dr. Frank LoVecchio. He believes that is far worse, “They will trigger a burn to your mouth, your lips, your respiration tube, your feeding tube, your esophagus.”
LoVecchio stated the throat is just not the one a part of your physique that may be broken, “The membrane round it, when it dissolves may cause central nervous system melancholy.”
Poison management specialists are involved concerning the fad.
“The American Affiliation of Poison Management Facilities has stated this can be a massive danger,” stated LoVecchio.
Modifications have been made since laundry pods first got here available on the market. The colours have modified, in order that they don’t appear to be sweet. The containers are not see-by way of and the lids are extra baby resistant.
Even with the modifications, laundry pods must be avoided youngsters. A Proctor and Gamble spokesperson stated that in case you have youngsters at house it is best to retailer the containers up excessive and out of their attain.