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FDA: some muscle and joint pain creams can cause burns

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There's a new warning from the government about some over the counter pain relief creams.

Those creams and gels we rub on sore joints and muscles, can cause pain of their own. Ben-Gay, Icy Hot, Capzasin, and Flexall are mentioned, and can cause serious chemical burns, according to the Food and Drug Administration. 

The FDA says there have been 43 reported cases of burning and blistering.  Some required hospital care.

These products contain menthol and methyl salicylaten, which warm the skin.  Most problems were with products that contained more than 3% menthol or 10% methyl salicylate.

The FDA offers these tips:

-don't apply these products to damaged or irritated skin

- don't bandage the area after application

- don't use heating pads, hot water bottles, or heat lamps with these products

- don't use them on your eyes, nose, mouth or other sensitive areas

- seek medical attention if you feel actual pain after applying them

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