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Heating pad dangerous?



  • hi dmoonchild

    i have the same thing. mottling which i basically ignored, chalking it up to the price of using a heating pad.

    but now i'm seeing it is not so innocuous. it's called erythema ab igne, & as indicated on wikipedia & other more authoritative sites, there is actually a small chance it could lead to cancer. read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/erythema_ab_igne

    i had no idea. thanks for posting about this. i learned something really valuable today. i don't know how i'm going to handle the pain without my heating pad, but i want to see if i can get the marks to fade & then use the pad just when the pain is really bad.

  • thats what it is that erythrma. I just turned the heating pad off. Im having an injection tomorrow and will ask my Dr about it. I hate to have to give it up but I dont need cancer on top of all of this. Thank you so much for the info!
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  • my injection today and I asked the Dr to look at my back and the injury from the heating pad. He said he has seen it many many times and to stop using the pad for a while. He said the damage is not permanant but will be if I keep using it. He advised me to use ice right now.
  • I have read that you should NEVER use Bengay along with a heating pad as it will burn your skin off and you will need skin grafts.
    Joy of Camden
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