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Doctor insights on: Methyl Salicylate And Menthol Overdose

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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

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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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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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The reason why I asked, I did break out with a rash, and I heard the chemical methyl Salicilate can be harmful even when absorbed in skin.

The reason why I asked,  I did break out with a rash,  and I heard the chemical methyl Salicilate can be harmful even when absorbed in skin.

Thank you: Thank you for clarifying. See. That is how we talk. I am sure this rash will be minor and self limited. Ben Gay is used by thousands of humans every single day. It is designed to be absorbed into the skin. It is not harmful to humans. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of salicylate acid?

What are some side effects of salicylate acid?

Side Effects: Bleeding is the main one especially in the GI tract. Ringing in the ears & angioedema (swelling of skin tissues) can also occur. In children and adolescents, Aspirin is no longer indicated to control flu-like symptoms or the symptoms of chickenpox or other viral illnesses, because of the risk of reye's syndrome. ...Read more