Health & Fitness

The cream and spray might help your itch. It also might have a microbial contamination

Three brands of Cortaid itch cream and spray sold at Publix, Walgreens and other chains have been recalled because of “a possibility of a microbial contamination identified as Pseudomonas Aeruginosa,” according to the Publix-posted recall notice.

The recall covers all lots and expiration dates of Cortaid 12-hour Advanced Anti-Itch Cream, sold in 1.5-ounce tubes; Cortaid Maximum Strength Cream, sold in 1-ounce tubes; and Cortaid Intensive Therapy Cooling Spray (2-ounces). Anyone with these products should return them to the store for a full refund.

Pseudomonas Aeruginosa is a kind of pseudomonas infection. As explained by the Centers for Disease Control:

“Serious Pseudomonas infections usually occur in people in the hospital and/or with weakened immune systems. Infections of the blood, pneumonia, and infections following surgery can lead to severe illness and death in these people.

“However, healthy people can also develop mild illnesses with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, especially after exposure to water. Ear infections, especially in children, and more generalized skin rashes may occur after exposure to inadequately chlorinated hot tubs or swimming pools. Eye infections have occasionally been reported in persons using extended-wear contact lenses.”