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Doctors warn against spray sunscreens

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You could be inhaling harmful chemicals if you use spray sunscreen.

Consumer Reports suggests parents not use them on kids, pending an investigation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

"Those small particles can get into the lungs and irritate the lungs, especially children that are prone to asthma, bronchitis, or other respiratory diseases," explained emergency medicine specialist Dr. Jaime Marchand.

Warning signs like a cough, shortness of breath, turning blue around the lips and signs of tiredness, can be immediate or delayed up to six or eight hours, according to Dr. Marchand. He said children are more prone to these conditions because their airways are still developing.

Doctors say chemicals like titanium dioxide and zinc are fine in sunscreen lotions, but dangerous in a spray.

"I was not really aware of that and so now I will be looking at all the labels to protect my kids," said mother Amanda Baldwin.

Even though a lotion sunscreen takes longer to apply, doctors recommend you use them instead because they are safer and also last longer.
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