Bad time with slime af­ter In­sta­gram ad­vice

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By KATE LEAVER

A KAR­RINYUP mother is warn­ing par­ents against a ‘slime’ fad that left her daugh­ter with chem­i­cal burns to her hands and trig­gered an auto-im­mune re­sponse.

The slime craze is pop­u­lar among teenagers, ac­cord­ing to a 13-year-old girl at a lo­cal pub­lic high school, who made the slime with friends af­ter see­ing it on In­sta­gram ac­count ‘Slime Queeens’, which has 1.1 mil­lion fol­low­ers.

Her mother, who did not want to be named, said her daugh­ter and her friends had made the slime with read­ily avail­able in­gre­di­ents such as Bo­rax, sham­poo and shav­ing cream.

“She has suf­fered with painful burns, blis­ters, sores, peel­ing skin and in­tense itch­ing on her hands and feet for six weeks now,” she said.

“She has never had eczema or any other skin is­sues pre­vi­ously; we have been told that the eczema is now most likely a life­long con­di­tion she will need to man­age.

“It was al­most like her skin was be­ing eaten from the in­side out; it was aw­ful.”

The 13-year-old girl said slime In­sta­gram pages were pop­u­lar among her friends.

“When you play with it it is re­ally sat­is­fy­ing; peo­ple can put food colour­ing and glit­ter and sty­ro­foam balls in it,” she said.

“I didn’t re­alise it could be dan­ger­ous.” She said her hands be­gan peel­ing a week af­ter touch­ing the slime and felt “stiff and itchy” and she had to take steroid tablets, an­tibi­otics and cor­ti­sone creams.

“I couldn’t do net­ball, it is hard to write, do­ing nor­mal stuff; it hurt even do­ing my hair and stuff like that,” she said.

A De­part­ment of Education spokes­woman said the De­part­ment was not aware of any in­ci­dents in­volv­ing the home­made slime.

A Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion WA spokesman said prod­ucts should be used as they were in­tended and con­sumers should heed warn­ings on la­bels.

The teenager may suf­fer from a life­long con­di­tion as a re­sult of con­tact with the slime.

Slime Queeens’ In­sta­gram page.

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