The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently released a consumer warning that allowing children and pets to come in contact with skin sprayed with Evamist can expose them to health risks.
Evamist is a drug prescribed to women experiencing hot flashes during menopause. Evamist is sprayed on the skin of the inner arm between the wrist and elbow. Like all medications, consumers are warned to keep this medication away from children and pets. The latest concern involves the unexpected danger when children and pets come in contact with exposed skin treated with Evamist.
The active ingredient in Evamist is the estrogen hormone estradiol.
Recently the FDA has received several reports of adverse effects in children and pets that came in contact with the medication from skin contact after women applied the medication.
Adverse effects in children unintentionally exposed to Evamist include:
• Premature breast development and nipple swelling in girls.
• Premature puberty
• As well as breast development in boys
Adverse effects reported among pets coming in contact with skin treated with Evamist includes mammary or nipple enlargement as well as genital swelling. Small pets are more at risk and should be discouraged from licking the area treated with Evamist.
There is not documentation at this time concerning the risk of exposure to other topically applied estrogen products. Continued studies will be needed to fully understand potential risks and any health concerns related to long-term or short term exposure.
The FDA has asked that consumers be aware of the risk to children and pets and report any side effects related to Evamist use to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program.
For information in reporting adverse effects concerning Evamist, visit the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program online.
There is no need to panic if your child should come in contact with the part of the arm treated with Evamist.
If contact is suspected, wash the child’s skin with soap and water. If any unusual symptoms do occur or swelling or tenderness is noted in the breasts and/or nipples of boys or girls, contact your child’s doctor. Be sure to inform them that the child may have been exposed to Evamist and follow their recommendations.
Prevent exposure to Evamist through skin contact by not allowing children to come in contact with the area of skin where the spray was applied. If caring for very young children and infant where skin contact cannot be avoided, wearing long sleeved clothing is advised.
FDA Consumer Update, Keep Kids, Pets Away From Skin Sprayed With Evamist. U.S. Food and Drug Administration.-online. Accessed July 29, 2010