Safety Alerts & Recalls
What does this mean?
There are a variety of treatments available for warts and in some cases warts can disappear on their own without any treatment. If you are not sure if your warts are cause for concern or if you have questions about using wart removal products at home, it's best to talk with your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider may prefer to remove the warts in the office using treatments such as surgical paring, laser, or liquid nitrogen cryosurgical treatments. Your healthcare provider, including your pharmacist, can also recommend other types of OTC treatments available for use at home, such as topical applications of salicylic acid, which soften or loosen warts so they fall off or can be easily removed.
If you are going to use a cryogenic product to remove warts by freezing at home, use it only as directed on the labeling, and follow the warnings to keep the dispenser away from excessive heat. You should also use the product in a well-ventilated area.
Healthcare providers and patients are encouraged to report side effects related to the use of medicines to the FDA's MedWatch program. You can reach MedWatch by:
--- Telephone: 1-800-332-1088
--- Fax: 1-800-332-0178
--- Mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
--- Website: www.fda.gov/medwatch
Some Over-the-Counter Wart Removers Are Flammable
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has learned that some wart removal products for use at home have caught fire during use. The FDA has received 14 such reports about cryogenic wart removers, which remove warts from the skin by freezing them off. Patients described burned hair, blisters, burns or skin redness and reported some cases of items around the house catching fire.
These wart removers contain liquid dimethyl ether and propane and are available under the brand names Freeze Away, Wartner, Freeze Off, and others. The labeling for these products clearly states that they are flammable and should be kept away from fire, flame, heat sources, and cigarettes. However, people may not be aware that other household items like candles, curling irons, and straight irons can be hot enough to ignite these wart removal products.
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