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Tampa dermatologist weighs in on major child, infant sunscreen recall

Tampa dermatologist Forman dermatology and skin cancer institute

Tampa dermatologist Forman dermatology and skin cancer instituteAccording to a recent USA TODAY article, roughly 30,000 tubes of W.S. Badger Co. Inc. sunscreen for young children has been recalled. Despite the safety measures in place, Tampa dermatologist Dr. Seth Forman reminds parents and guardians to stay up to date on the products they are using on their children.

According to W.S. Badger Co. Inc., their four-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion and one lot of their four-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion could be contaminated with bacteria and fungi. The maker of natural and organic sunscreens said all of the products were tested in early 2013 before going on sale.

However, the company went on to say that “routine quality checks later turned up three microbes: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis and Acremonium fungis.” W.S. Badger Co. Inc. believes the problems were caused by what they call “preservative instability.”

 “Parents try to buy the best products for their children,” says Forman. “It is important to be aware of the products you’re using, even after you buy them.”

Another article mentioned that no adverse reactions to the products in question had been reported. Those who had the contaminated products are asked to return them to the stores where they were purchased.

While recalls on medications and products cannot be prevented by consumers, the Tampa dermatologist believes the best way to protect oneself and their loved ones is to be informed.

“Pay attention to key ingredients, side effects, expiration dates,” Forman advises. “The more you know about the products, the better prepared you are to protect yourself and your family.”

More information on the W.S. Badger Co. Inc. sunscreen recall can be found on the FDA website.

For more on Dr. Seth Forman, Tampa dermatology or Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, please visit www.FormanDerm.com.

About Dr. Seth Forman: Dr. Forman is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Tampa, Florida. He was voted the “Best Dermatologist in Carrollwood” in 2011 and 2012 by the Carrollwood News and Tribune as well as the 2013 “Best Dermatologist in North Tampa” by the Tampa Tribune. In December 2011, he opened his new Tampa dermatology office, Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, where he gives psoriasis sufferers access to the latest treatment options, including topical and oral medications, as well as biological and phototherapy. Dr. Forman is one of the few Tampa dermatologists to offer narrowband light therapy, which uses pharmaceutical grade light to suppress psoriasis. He’s also one of the few board-certified dermatologists in the U.S. to use the SRT-100 radiotherapy to treat basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.

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