The FDA is looking into reports of health risks to children and pets exposed to a spray estrogen treatment for women. The product is Evamist, used by women to contol hot flashes during menopause. The product is sprayed on a woman's forearm between the elbow and wrist.
Women who use Evamist who then hug a child or pet or have them in contact with bare skin containing the product. Experts advise avoiding children and pets or, if that's not possible, wearing long sleeves to prevent contact.
The health risks are a bit alarming:
The FDA warns that children exposed to Evamist may experience premature puberty, female children may experience breast development and nipple enlargement and male children may experience breast enlargement.
You are advised to contact your health care provider if you believe your child came in contact with Evamist or your child exhibits any of the above signs of exposure.
Pets may exhibit signs such as mammary/nipple enlargement and vulvar enlargement. Small pets may be especially sensitive to the estrogen in Evamist. If you think your pet has been in contact with the drug, contact your veterinarian.