Deodorant gives boy freeze burn

Estelle Ellis

A PORT Elizabeth boy has suffered painful freeze burns after spraying some deodorant, belonging to a friend, onto his wrists. But the manufacturer has brushed off a complaint filed by the boy’s mother, saying they warn people the product – Shield extra cool antiperspirant aerosol – must be sprayed on the body from a distance of at least 15cm.

Oresta Forlee, who owns Ocean Fresh Deli at the harbour, said she wanted to warn other people about the deodorant.

“My son [Davrin, 11] came home with serious burns to both of his wrists. I asked him what happened. He said a friend showed him a new bottle of antiperspirant and said he must smell it. He then sprayed it on both his wrists. He said it was burning. I took him to the doctor and the doctor said all we could do was put some anti- bacterial ointment on it,” she said.

Davrin’s burns were healing slowly, Forlee said.

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