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2/13/08-Tyler

Icy Hot Patches Have Too Little Ice, And Too Much Hot

From backs, necks, muscles and joints -- judging by the commercial, Icy Hot should have you covered.  That was what one East Texas woman thought. 

"I was having back pain, so I went and purchased the Icy Hot patches," said Linda Hunter. 

She said she would apply them to her back and lower right side.  Icy Hot's new Heat Therapy Patches claim to give consumers up to eight hours of muscle relaxing, pain relieving heat.  Hunter said she was looking for some of that "heat" late last year. 

"I laid it on the side of my hip and on my leg, and when I removed the patch, it took my skin off," she said. 

Hunter said it left her with a burning sensation, and blisters all across her back. But she wasn't the only one.  Hundreds of people have reported burns after using the patches, forcing a voluntary recall by the maker of the patches. 

Dr. Claire Tibiletti said she has seen and treated first and second degree burns caused by the pads. 

"First degree burns would be like a sunburn, just red and inflamed," Dr. Tibiletti said.

Dr. Tibiletti also said Second degree burns are when the skin is actually broken with blisters or little abrasions.

Dr. Tibiletti said she thinks the burns might be caused by combining methyl-salicylate, the chemical that generates the warming feeing, with the adhesive patches.  But until that's confirmed, Hunter said she'll make sure the pain and heat stay gone by not using the products again.

For refund and recall information, go to Know More on 7, and click the Icy Hot Recall link.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.   llivingston@kltv.com  

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