Extinguish Issues With Meds That Can Catch Fire

Patients often don't realize some medications and products are flammable...and can cause serious burns or fires.

For example, insect repellents or spray sunscreens that contain alcohol can ignite if used near an open flame. The same goes for alcohol-based hand sanitizers, ciclopirox solution (Penlac, etc), nitroglycerin sprays (NitroMist, etc), and topical minoxidil (Rogaine, etc).

In fact, the lice treatment malathion (Ovide) was recalled twice in the past for flammability issues...and the current version may still ignite if used with a hair dryer or curling iron.

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