Look: A young man almost died because of tooth whitening


A big fan of Channing Tatum desperate to look like him left with hole in his throat from tooth whitening.

Jake Barret, 22, from Rushton, Northamptonshire, almost died from a severe allergic reaction to the £65 Crest 1hr Express strips he had bought online.

He was desperate to transform himself into Hollywood heartthrob Channing Tatum. To get a smile like his favorite actor, he used Crest 1hr Express Strips treatment and did it by himself. However, after he suffered from a rare reaction to the Crest 1hr Express Strips, he was left with a grape-sized sac of peroxide bleach under his tongue.

Forty-eight hours after using the treatment, a painful cyst full of poison started to grow under his tongue. It was so dangerous that at any moment, it could break and burn down to his stomach. Peroxide is a chemical that is used chiefly to kill bacteria. Therefore, it's dangerous to take internally. This chemical compound is found in several whitening treatments, including bleach and disinfectants, and being used to make homemade explosives.

Jake admitted himself to the A&E department at Kettering Hospital after six days. He endured the pain before sending himself to the hospital. This is where the grape-sized ball of hydrogen peroxide discovered.

He used Crest strips, which contains 15 per cent of hydrogen peroxide.

He had to undergo three-hour operation. They drained the sac with a tube. They inserted it through a cut under his chin, leaving him with a broad hole. He also had one of his back teeth removed because it was infected by peroxide. He was finally allowed to go home after ten days.

When he was at the hospital, the doctor told him that the sac that had formed was the size of a grape, and so delicate that any moment it could have leaked hydrogen peroxide down to his throat. If that had happened, he would have got peroxide poisoning and died. He said that he noticed the lump just 48 hours after applying and strips, but at first dismissed it. He wasn't sure what the liquid was, or why it had formed, but he assumed he would be okay and that the penicillin he was taking for something else would treat that too.

He was limited to drinking smoothies and soup, but even they didn't go down easily. But over the next few days, the bulge continued to grow until he would barely swallow. He went to the hospital after 6 days and was told that he was at mere moments from death by peroxide poisoning.

Now, Jake, who used to smoke 10 cigarettes and drink six coffees a day said that he would avoid DIY beauty products. According to him, DIY beauty treatments are a complete hazard. He had no idea what was in the products or how to use them properly. The consequences were terrifying. He's lucky to be alive. However, despite all these, he also said that he wouldn't give up his dreams of having a Hollywood smile.

Crest's parent company, Proctor and Gamble, said they are not specifically familiar with this case, but already investigating.They would like to talk to him for further investigation. And, a spokesperson said that there's nothing more important to us than the well being and safety of the people who use their products. They're sorry to hear about Mr. Barett's experience and wished him a full recovery.

They also said that Whitestrips not sold directly by P&G in the UK. Crest Whitestrips have been available in the United States for more than ten years, obeying with all applicable legislation including peroxide levels. According to them, they are safe to use when applied as indicated on the packaging.

H/T: Daily Mail Online




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