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Deodorant Crystal stick with Mineral salts

07/11/2000

Question:

I use a deodorant called Crystal Stick, a hard crystal piece of Mineral salts that I wet and use underarm. Will this mineral salt cause my blood pressure to go up also. I am on a very low salt diet and meds, but it is not going down. Is the mineral salt in my deodorant the problem. Thanks.

Answer:

Deodorants that are used on the skin are not absorbed very well, and their mineral content should not be a problem. Not all patients with hypertension are salt-sensitive, i.e. not all patients benefit from a restriction of salt in their diet. If a low salt diet does not help lower the blood pressure, then a change in medication may be needed.

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Response by:

Max C Reif, MD Max C Reif, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Hypertension Section
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati