Wednesday 16 January, 2019

Kotex tampons recalled over risk of unravelling, infection

Women using U by Kotex Sleek tampons are being warned that the tampons could unravel or come apart, and could cause infections if used. 

According to a report by USA Today, the US Food and Drug Administration said customers complained of infections or irritation and checks of the product showed a defect in some of the lots which were sold, leading them to unravel. 

The company which produces the products, Kimberly-Clark, said there were reports or vaginal irritation and even vaginal injury.

“Kimberly-Clark has received reports from consumers of the U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, Regular Absorbency, unravelling and/or coming apart upon removal, and in some cases causing users to seek medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in the body,” Kimberly-Clark said in a statement.

“There also have been a small number of reports of infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury, and other symptoms.”

If not removed within the specified time, tampons, or any pieces left behind, can attract bacteria which leads to Toxic Shock Syndrome. 

The company said if any customer experiences symptoms of TSS they should seek immediate attention. 

“Consumers who experience vaginal injury, (pain, bleeding, or discomfort), vaginal irritation (itching or swelling), urogenital infections (bladder and/or vaginal bacterial and/or yeast infections), or other symptoms such as hot ashes, abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting following use of the impacted product should seek immediate medical attention,” Kimberly-Clark said.

“A full list of recalled lot numbers is available on the U by Kotex® website,” it added.

“Any consumer with the impacted U by Kotex® Sleek Tampons, Regular Absorbency, in their possession should stop using the product immediately and promptly contact Kimberly-Clark's Consumer Service team at 1-888-255-3499 between 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, for information regarding this recall.”

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