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How many nights in a row is it safe to use BenGay? I want to know if I need to take a break or if I can use it every night if need be.

How many nights in a row is it safe to use BenGay? I want to know if I need to take a break or if I can use it every night if need be.

Ingredient Toxicity.: The active ingredient of ben gay is methyl salicylate. Extended over use, especially in children, can be dangerous and even fatal. Older people such as adults have a larger body mass and are less likely to be affected, but there is always that possibility. Follow the directions for applications carefully. ...Read more

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Can I use a small amount of bengay on my ankle?

Can I use a small amount of bengay on my ankle?

Yes: Hello, Yes as long as you follow the labeling, it is important to note that you should seek help to get to the source of the pain if this has been a chronic issue. ...Read more

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I have bursitis in my shoulder, will bengay cream help?

I have bursitis in my shoulder, will bengay cream help?

Need to add exercise: The shoulder exercise program under the guidance of physical therapy is your best next move. You should have an evaluation by your physician to make sure what the diagnosis is. Although injections can help these are not done first. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to use bengay on my one year old daughter?

Is it safe for me to use bengay on my one year old daughter?

Maybe: You would have to test the baby's skin by applying a small amount to a small area of skin for several days (once a day) and if no reaction you may why would you need it if muscle strain heat and light massage with baby oil or soothing cream with heat should do the trick if in pain tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin would handle that. ...Read more

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I put quite a bit of bengay on back of neck and i later feel kind of a cool sensation when i breath in, kinda like when you take coughdrops. Normal?

I put quite a bit of bengay on back of neck and i later feel kind of a cool sensation when i breath in, kinda like when you take coughdrops. Normal?

Yes: There is no need to worry about this, it is probably just soaking into your skin and or you scratched you neck after applying the cream and it is soaking in on both sides. But this feeling should go away after the cream wears off or you wash it off :]. ...Read more

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Should i put bengay on my ant bites and then put a sock on my foot or just put bengay?

Should i put bengay on my ant bites and then put a sock on my foot or just put bengay?

I would recommend: A topical steroid cream over the counter or calamine lotioned Aveeno (oatmeal) over the Ben gay. The Ben gay is more for muscle aches. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put bengay on the back of your neck near skull?

Is it safe to put bengay on the back of your neck near skull?

Bengay: Ordinarily this is safe unless you have some abnormal skin condition or are allergic to bengay. ...Read more

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Can 1 tube of bengay with 30 percent of methyl salicilate when overused be toxic?

Can 1 tube of bengay with 30 percent of methyl salicilate  when  overused be toxic?

Ben Gay: If used as directed on the labeling, no. It can be very toxic if used on or in an area other than where indicated in the product labeling. Follow the directions and you should be fine. ...Read more

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I overused a 2 0z tube of bengay with methyl salicilate. Is this a toxic amount if it contains 30 percent of this chemical?

Doubtful: You are using the word toxic as if you are going to have automatic health concerns. Whereas doctors are worried only if you have symptoms or issues of concern. One tube of BenGay is not likely to cause you trouble. But, as asked before, What is your concern? Why do you keep asking us this question without something that is causing you concern? ...Read more

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What are the possible side effects of putting bengay in your eye?

What are the possible side effects of putting bengay in your eye?

Not much: Probably nothing much if you copiously irrigate the eye to flush it out. Don't continue to do this and if the eye does not feel normal, have an eye doctor examine you. ...Read more

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Pain in my shoulder hurts to move the arm but can move I have taken motrin and applied bengay to the area?

See below: You don't say how long the pain has gone on. Rest and ice may be other good treatments. If the pain persists you should see your pcp. ...Read more

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I overused a 2 0z tube of bengay with methyl salicilate that has 30 percent in it and also 3 other tubes with just menthol. Is this toxic. ?

Symptoms: We do not predict illness or toxicity. Do you have any symptoms to report? is there any physical sign that you have a problem? ...Read more

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Help can bengay relieve nasal congestion?

Help can bengay relieve nasal congestion?

See details: Possible to a minor degree because of the wintergreen. A decongestant would do a much better job. ...Read more

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Why do pain cremes like bengay or icyhot advise you not to use a heating pad? I thought it was methyl salicylate but even creams w/o still warn you

Why do pain cremes like bengay or icyhot advise you not to use a heating pad?  I thought it was methyl salicylate but even creams w/o still warn you

Heat + heat: The creams generate the sensation of heat. Adding external heat can cause misinterpretation of the extent of heat, combined with the improved transmission by the moisture of the cream, and lead to burns. ...Read more