Paraffin and risk of combustion

A healthcare professional applies moisturising cream to a patient's foot

‘Products for conditions like eczema and psoriasis [and other dry skin conditions] can leave people at risk of setting themselves ablaze’ stated the BBC on the 19th of March 2017. If people use the creams regularly but do not often change clothes or bedding, paraffin residue can soak into the fabric, making it flammable. The medicines regulator [the MHRA] has updated its guidance and says all creams containing paraffin should carry a warning. Despite warnings going back more than 10 years, BBC Radio 5 live Investigates has discovered there have been 37 deaths in England since 2010 linked to the creams.’
Family and friends of those affected have called for greater awareness of this potentially serious problem to prevent future deaths and serious injuries from occurring.
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Read the full story on the BBC website.