Deodorant poisoning is common
Girl is dead - because of deodorant spray | When is deodorant deadly?
It should actually be a nice vacation with the family. But for a family member it was fatal. Cause of death: deodorant spray!
As the online portal 20min.ch reports, Paige (12) drove with her older sister Catherine and her parents Ann and Stuart to near Blackpool, England, to camp there in July.
After the family went swimming during the day, Paige went to their small partitioned off area in the trailer. When she didn't reappear after 15 minutes, her mother worried and opened the door to the small room. Paige was lying face down on the floor. Although Mama Ann was quick to respond, immediately calling an ambulance and even alerting the neighbors who were trying to reanimate the girl, Paige died two hours later.
According to forensic medicine, the propellant gases isobutane and butane, which were in Paige's deodorant, are to be blamed for Paige's death. Isobutane has a narcotic effect in high doses and causes a lack of oxygen in the blood, while butane leads to nausea, vomiting and, in the worst case, brain damage.
In Paige they triggered cardiac arrhythmias that ultimately led to death.
Paige was an excessive deodorant user because she was terrified of smelling bad. The parents had been alarmed for a long time. Paige's frequent and excessive use of deodorant worried them. But Ann and Stuart couldn't imagine that she would one day die of it.
But can deodorant really be deadly? And if so, from what amount?
BILD spoke to Professor Ralf Stahlmann, the head of the master's degree in toxicology at the Charité.
“It is difficult to name precise limit values for which we can clearly say: 'Exactly from this amount deodorant is deadly'. Simply because everyone reacts individually. With Paige, however, three important factors come together that may have triggered the arrhythmia and ultimately led to death:
1. The small space in the caravan that ensures that the gas concentration is higher
2. A critically high amount of deodorant that has been sprayed
3. Possibly a genetic disposition (previous load) that explains the strong effect
Since Paige's death occurred suddenly, it can be assumed that the gases did not affect the brain, but rather the heart. The exact mechanism of the cardiotoxic effect (cardiac poison) has not yet been precisely clarified.
"I can therefore only advise all people who use a lot of spray deodorant to strictly adhere to the instructions for use on the packaging and to ventilate the room well," says Professor Stahlmann.
Of course, there are also cases in which deodorants are abused for intoxication by inhaling the spray. However, this was not what the forensic doctor assumed in Paige's case.
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