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Risk of skin burns with pain relievers containing menthol

Health Canada is advising Canadians that a safety review has found a risk of serious skin burns with the use of certain over-the-counter (OTC) topical pain relievers containing menthol.

According to Health Canada, from the available data, it was not possible to determine whether the risk of serious skin burns is linked to any specific brand, formulation or menthol concentration, or any ingredient other than menthol.

Health Canada advises patients to stop use of the product and get medical help right away if they experience serious skin reactions such as pain, swelling or blistering and not apply the product to broken, damaged or irritated skin. For more information click HERE.

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One comment

  1. How many years have these products been sold without incident? Probably some bonehead used it in conjunction with another product or had a sensitive skin condition or as one cretin I heard about used a heating pad to “boost” its efficacy. Now they probably will either force manufacturers to use less menthol or sell it behind the counter.

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