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Wart removers flammable: 14 reports of removers catching fire, cryogenics type

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A wart removers flammable warning has been reported by the FDA this week following a total of 14 reports in recent years of people either burning themselves or claiming that objects in their home were catching fire while using a certain kind of the remover. It appears that the cryogenic types of wart removers — those that flash freeze the wart from the skin to destroy it — are the fiery culprits. UPI News provides the details on this health-related word of caution this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

The wart removers flammable advisory was formally given yesterday by the Food and Drug Administration, who announced that they have received a total of 14 credible reports from users since 2009 of dangerous effects from cryogenic wart removers. These claimants noted that they actually burned their skin or had parts of their home catch on fire in the application of the freeze-off remover.

Ten people said in their statements that their hair was singed or that their skin had turned very red and hot, much like a burning sensation, after using the products. In exactly three of the cases there was confirmation of an open candle being nearby in the room, but no flammable object or potential ignition source was reported in the other 11 cases.

They now alert users to stay away from any potential fire hazards when using these products, including cigarettes, candles, and (of course) open fire or gas sources. Says one Food and Drug Administration spokesperson on the wart removers flammable announcement:

"The labeling for these products clearly states that they are flammable and should be kept away from fire, flame, heat sources, and cigarettes," said Karen Nast, a consultant with the FDA. "This is extremely concerning, especially because people may not be aware that everyday household items like curling irons and straight irons can be hot enough to be an ignition source for these products.”

Such health products are known to hold a potent mixture of propane and liquid dimethyl ether; in almost all cases, a detailed set of instructions are also provided (such as with cryogenic wart removers) on how to use or safely apply them. The FDA again strongly recommends that people follow these directions closely, or visit a doctor to consider alternative treatment options, including other types of topical applications, surgical excising or removal, or simply waiting and letting the wart possibly coming off all on its own.

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