Nasal Sprays Recalled in Louisiana and Nationwide
If you live in the Gulf South you have sinus problems. I know that's a bold blanket statement to make but if you live in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, or any other state that's within shouting distance of the Gulf of Mexico sinus issues are almost a birthright.
The experts say that the reason those of us who live in places where hurricanes sometimes pass has such an issue with our noses and our ability to breathe is moisture. The high moisture content allows for widespread airborne fungi. These fungi get into our nasal passages and cause inflammation. The inflammation is what narrows our sinus passages and then the allergies and sinus infections can thrive.
For many of us when the ability to breathe becomes a struggle we reach for an over-the-counter nasal spray. The sprays give us the feeling of being able to breathe better because they moisten the nasal passages. They often contain anti-inflammatory ingredients which reduces that swelling and stuffy feeling. And, many sprays also contain antihistamines which slow down our body's overreaction to things like dust, danger, and the aforementioned fungi.
If you do use nasal sprays you should be aware that the Food and Drug Administration is supporting a recall that has just been issued on three different types of nasal spray rinses over concerns they could be contaminated. The FDA release about the recall uses the term "life-threatening" contamination. The use of these products, especially by those who have had recent sinus surgery could result in some serious medical conditions.
The products included in the recall are from Biomic Sciences. The products in question are ION Sinus Support, ION Biome Sinus, and Restore Sinus Spray. All lots of these ION products have been recalled. If you have this product in your home you can check the lot number on the bottom of the bottle. In fact, take a picture of that lot number and send it to the company and you can get a refund.
The specific products that are included in this product recall are:
- ION Sinus Support sold from September 2021 through Sept. 20
- ION Biome Sinus sold from September 2019 through September 2021
- Restore Sinus Spray from June 2017 through September 2019
If you have any of these products in your home you are advised to snap a photo of the lot number so you can get a refund and then throw the product away. If you have questions you may call 1-844-715-0113.
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