Topical Pain Relievers May Cause Burns

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that some consumers have reported receiving serious skin injuries while using certain over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers applied to the skin to relieve mild muscle and joint pain. The injuries, while rare, have ranged from mild to severe chemical burns with use of such brand-name topical muscle and joint pain relievers as Icy Hot, Bengay, Capzasin, Flexall, and Mentholatum. OTC topical pain relievers for muscles and joints include creams, lotions, ointments and patches. In many cases, burns where the product was applied occurred after just one application, with severe burning or blistering occurring within 24 hours. Some had complications serious enough to require hospitalization. To learn more about FDA’s advice to consumers who use these topical pain relievers Click here
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm318674.htm?source=govdelivery