HSA Warns of ‘Serious Health Risks’ of Rash Cream Being Sold at Eunos


In a bid to save time or money, we occasionally purchase things from dubious sources.

While they might work, it’s not a guarantee that they will always. This incident serves as a reminder for us not to buy from unknown sources. 

Rash Cream Sold At Eunos Leads to Child’s Hospitalisation

On Thursday (22 December 2022), the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) alerted members of the public not to purchase or use the rash cream “Tao Ju Hui Yi Mei Li Shang Kou Hu Li Ruan Gao” (name transliterated from the Chinese name: 淘聚汇益美丽伤口护理软膏). 

Apparently, it has led to “serious adverse effects” in which a child surfaced symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome, a medical condition caused by the prolonged use of steroids. 

Cushing’s syndrome is a disorder that occurs when your body makes too much of the hormone cortisol for a prolonged period. 

In the 4-year-old’s case, the child suffered from symptoms like a “moon” face (rounded face), excessive hair growth on the body, and thinning of the skin. 

Also, the child had an upper respiratory tract infection and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

According to the victim’s parents, they’d regularly used “Tao Ju Hui Yi Mei Li Shang Kou Hu Li Ruan Gao” on the child for rashes over the past four months. 

As for where they’d bought it, they said the product was purchased from a local peddler at a makeshift stall in Eunos. 

Shady business? 

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More About the Product

After HSA’s investigations, it was found that the cream was sold on local e-commerce platforms (Shopee and Lazada), Facebook, and a website called “Feili Health House.

Since then, HSA has worked with the e-commerce platform administrators and Facebook to remove the product’s listings. As for the original stall, it is no longer in operation. On Feili Health House’s website, the product has been removed, and HSA is currently investigating them. 

Marketed online as a “baby cream,” it was labelled to be “used for the care of small wounds, cuts, and abrasions” and “act(ed) as a physical barrier by forming a protective layer on the wound surface.”

The product (falsely) claimed to “contain ingredients that cannot be absorbed by the body” and the “ingredients contained have no medicinal effects.”

Unfortunately (or fortunately), HSA detected chloramphenicol, clobetasol propionate, and dexamethasone in the product. 

Now, I’m not going to act like I know what any of those terms are but essentially, bad lor.


Remember: Don’t purchase products from dubious sources

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