Warning! KOTEX PADS

I am 30 years old and for the first time in my life I received what appears to be chemical burns from using KOTEX pads. I checked the box and was horrified when I read that the content of the pads were MADE IN CHINA. This was found hidden on the BOTTOM of the box! PLEASE BEWARE. I HAVE SUFFERED FOR NEARLY ONE WEEK AND THE BURNS ARE STILL THERE. Most likely I will see a doc tomorrow. If you own a box of KOTEX please check where it came from & beware! Don't suffer this nightmare! I'll NEVER buy KOTEX again!

REPLIES
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Dec 04, 2010
Posted: on Feb 06, 2011
Have you called Kotex customer care and reported the claim to them as well?
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 06, 2011
Posted: on Feb 06, 2011
Yes, I will in the morning as I'm highly concerned and upset. I've used their pads for years with no problems until this batch. I'm not the only one with this problem - here is another complaint: http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100726204002AA0SwM8
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Dec 04, 2010
Posted: on Feb 06, 2011
I stopped using all disposables partly for this reason. I would get rashes on about day 4 and my cycles last between 5-6 days. So as you can imagine, by day 6 it would be pretty irritating. It was an itchy, burning, hurting rash. I suppose it could have been a burn. It happened everytime though and I only used always.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 07, 2011
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
lifestyle is also made from recycled materials how nasty is that.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 07, 2011
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
I do not know how kotex was turned to lifestyle stupid auto spell
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Jan 12, 2011
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
I only use pads, but I use Always. I never thought about it til now, but I get burns too. I don't know if they're chemical burns or rashes from chafing.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Dec 04, 2010
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
I don't think it is nasty that kotex uses recycled materials. Plenty of the things we use every day are recycled. Do you think it is nasty that water bottles are made from recycled materials?

K-I did a search about rash's and always pads...it seems to be a common occurrence. There must be some sort of chemical that is pretty harsh. At any rate - I am glad I switched because they certainly were not comfortable. :-(
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 06, 2011
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
Read the following reviews about KOTEX and always. One woman went to the ER because her burns were so severe from KOTEX!!! Scary... I'm not saying to be anti-KOTEX I am just trying to warn you from the pain and embarrassment and possibly SCARRING I am facing.
http://community.kotex.com/topic/Daily-Product-Feedback/U-Kotex-Tried/700000628
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 06, 2011
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
MommaToTwo: what did you do to treat your burns? I think mine is probably too severe for OTC treatment but curious to know what you did. How long dud yours last? Mine is over a week now... It's not worse but not any better either. Please share some advice. Thank you in advance!
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Dec 04, 2010
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
I used the overnight desitin cream. The kind in the purple container. It is thicker and stronger than the original formula and it seemed to help. Mine would last usually about a week and a half to two weeks though they were never so severe that I felt they needed prescription medications.

You could probably try the diaper rash cream; however, if it truly is severe you may want to try some aloe vera and cotton panties for the rest of the night and then straight to the doctor in the morning.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 06, 2011
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
Thank you so very much for your advice! I really appreciate your generosity! I will give anything a try and see how it is in the AM. I definitely know what NOT to do and that's to not wear KOTEX ever again. I guess I'll try organic next month and most importantly verify that it's made in the USA.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Jan 05, 2011
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
mabibthe product was made here. butvthe box was from.china.or.something. ive used kotex for years!!!! never had a problem?.:-c ..... do you think mabi it could be caused from.something else? gosh hope u get it.figured out. :)
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 07, 2011
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
I do think its nasty to put something recycled inside or around ny vagina
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 07, 2011
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
water bottles are melted with extreme temperatures killing anything nasty. you can not do that with anything involved in making sanitary products. so yeah its super nasty.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 06, 2011
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
No, the box wasn't made in china. It said "fabric made in china" -- aka the pad itself. And the info was found on the bottom of the box to keep it hidden knowing nobody would use it otherwise.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Dec 04, 2010
Posted: on Feb 07, 2011
babykarma - you should consider the chemicals that are in pads and tampons.

Being recycled should be the least of your worries.

But on a side note, I tried doing several web searches using different combinations of wording to locate the validity of this recycled materials claim - I found nothing. Can you offer any proof, please?
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 07, 2011
Posted: on Feb 08, 2011
I was told by my doctor when I had several allergic reactions. she said they get away with it because nowhere on the box does it say 100% new materials.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 07, 2011
Posted: on Feb 08, 2011
also I no longer use disposable products because I was allergic to so much stuff.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 07, 2011
Posted: on Feb 08, 2011
Thanks for your e-mail about KOTEX® LIGHTDAYS® pantiliners. We
appreciate the opportunity to respond.

We hope you find the following ingredient information helpful:

KOTEX® LIGHTDAYS® pantiliners
Cover: polypropylene
Absorbent core: recycled polypropylene and wood fiber blend
Baffle: polyethylene
Adhesive: proprietary
Peel strip: white kraft paper with silicone release coating
Elastic: none
Inks/dyes: used on the peel strip only - proprietary; evaluated for
safety
Fragrances/deodorants: in deodorant liner only; proprietary

KOTEX® Ultra Thin pads with wings
cover: polypropylene
intake layer: wood pulp & polyethylene/polyester fiber
absorbent layer: recycled wood pulp & polyethylene/polyester fiber &
superabsorbent
superabsorbent: polyacrylate
baffle: polyethylene
adhesive: hot melt
peel strip: white paper with release coating
hook/loop wing: polypropylene with strips by Velcro USA Inc.
adhesive wing: polypropylene and self-attachment adhesive system
inks/dyes: no dyes - inks on peel strip only - proprietary; evaluated
for safety
fragrances/deodorant: none

With the hope that you will continue to use Kimberly-Clark products, we
are sending you some cost-saving coupons through the mail. Thanks
again for contacting us and for giving us an opportunity to respond. We
value you as our customer.

Ivy
Consumer Services
Kimberly-Clark Corp.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 08, 2011
Posted: on Feb 08, 2011
I bet they bleach the he'll out of them to sanitize them. Look into it cuz that would def cause a burn
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Dec 04, 2010
Posted: on Feb 08, 2011
Well, technically they use dioxin.

So they are using recycle paper and recycled plastic...

Like I said before though, as a consumer I'm more concerned with the chemicals. Actually - I'm not personally concerned with it since I use a menstrual cup, but in the safety sense - I am concerned that these products are allowed even though there are known long term risks from using them.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 06, 2011
Posted: on Feb 08, 2011
If I could post a pic, nobody would buy these toxic pads ever again. I've been so depressed over what this has done to me!!!! I know its hidden from the world but its not hidden from me or my bf. I am so distraught! Notice they didn't mention what china uses to manufacture them!!!!!
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Dec 04, 2010
Posted: on Feb 08, 2011
Did you try the desitin or any aloe Vera? Maybe try sleeping with any panties at all so it can be exposed to air?

I am so out of ideas. You need to go to see the doctor hon :-(
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 06, 2011
Posted: on Feb 08, 2011
Yes, I am trying desitin but have not seen any improvement yet. I will try to buy some aloe tomorrow morning before the snow storm hits... If that does not work I will head to the doctor. I will see a dr regardless, I want this documented and mailed directly to KOTEX so they are well aware how dangerous their product has become. I urge others to do the same if you have this reaction as well. Take heed. It's a heck of a lot easier to prevent it from happening than trying to fix it, assuming it can be fixed.
By: PinkPadUser
Member since Feb 07, 2011
Posted: on Feb 09, 2011
I never had a chemical reaction to them but I had an allergic reaction soaking in a bath that was luke warm then air drying helped. my Dr told me not to use soap with sents or colors till it healed because that would make it worse. and the sleeping with no bottoms on might help. have you tried just using neosportian?

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