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Experts warn "Beezin" fad can leave teens blind

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Experts say "beezin" fad can be dangerous (FOX Carolina) Experts say "beezin" fad can be dangerous (FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

You can find Burt's Bees lip balm on any store shelf. When used properly the package says it help soothe and moisturize lips. But not everyone is using it the right way.

"Kids just naturally want to learn and experience things, it's part of growing up," says Elizabeth Serricchio with the Phoenix Center in Greenville.

Teens across the country are spreading the lip balm over their eyelids. Some say it enhances the experience of being high or drunk. Others say it helps them stay awake and concentrate.

Serricchio says the most dangerous part of "Beezin," as it's called, is that teens think there is nothing dangerous about what they're doing.

"They think this is a harmless thing, it's not illegal to buy, you can put it on your lips why not your eyes," said Serricchio.

But doctors like toxicologist Kelly Johnson-Arbor say "Beezin" can leave teens with symptoms like pink-eye or worse.

"Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus," Johnson-Arbor said.

"So if you use the lip balm on the cold sore, and your friend borrows it and puts it on their eye the herpes virus could be transmitted and the person could go blind."

Serricchio says parents should look for physical signs of "Beezin" like redness around the eyes and other symptoms similar to someone who's drunk. Personality changes like being more secretive or dropping out of activities may also appear according to Serricchio who works with teens dealing with substance abuse issues.

Serricchio recommends parents also monitor their kid's social media pages, but most of all she says parents should talk with the children.

"If they have a role model who they look up to they are going to be less likely to go into those pitfalls," said Serricchio.

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