By: Gerald M. Goldhaber, Ph. Tel: Email Dr. Goldhaber Website: www. Tara Godoy, the President of University Park Legal Nurse Consulting in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area recently brought to our attention via a posting on the Expert Witness Network that the FDA earlier this month has issued a consumer advisory warning the public that popular topical pain relieving products such as IcyHot and Bengay have been linked to a risk of a rare chemical burn injury.
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If you've ever rubbed a topical pain reliever—a cream, gel or other product applied to the skin—on a sore muscle or joint, you're familiar with the sensation of warmth or coolness that soon follows. But if, instead, you experience burning pain or blistering, you must seek medical attention immediately. 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.
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Some consumers have contracted serious skin burns after applying certain over-the-counter topical pain relievers to ease mild muscle and joint aches, the U. Food and Drug Administration warned today. While such injuries are rare, consumer complaints to the FDA have spanned the spectrum from mild to severe chemical burns from the use of brand-name products such as those identified by the FDA as Bengay, Capzasin, Flexall, Icy Hot and Mentholatum. These topical pain relievers include creams, lotions, ointments and patches.
As a topical analgesic, Icy Hot is indicated to assist in the reduction of pain and soreness resulting from arthritis, backache, muscle strains, sprains, cramps, and other soft tissue injuries. Of particular concern, however, are recent reports cautioning the use of over-the-counter OTC topical muscle and joint pain relievers like Icy Hot. After just one application, patients may significantly increase their risk of experiencing a severe chemical burn. Regulatory officials acknowledged that patients have already been hospitalized with burns that range from first-degree to third-degree. If you or a loved one has been injured by Icy Hot, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help. Icy Hot was produced and marketed by Chattem, now a subsidiary of Sanofi-Aventis.