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Over-the-Counter Wart and Mole Remover Recalled by FDA

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Warts are no fun and changes in warts or moles on the body may signal an early indication of skin cancer. But perhaps removing warts and moles may best be left to dermatologists in light of this recent development.

Nature Relief, a small start-up company in Miami Beach, Florida, that manufactured an instant wart and mole remover and sold it on-line, has voluntarily recalled its product and at least temporarily shut its doors after its only product was found to cause chemical burns. The product, “Instant Wart and Mole Remover” (calcium oxide) came in a kit which contained two small containers labeled "Repair Cream", one container of "Antiseptic Wash", a package of "Triple Antibiotic Ointment", toothpicks, and a "vanity kit" with cotton balls, swabs, and nail files. The Instant Remover is believed to have caused chemical burns to at least one consumer. Calcium oxide is especially likely to burn sensitive skin areas, such as the face.

The FDA says consumers who purchased Nature Relief Instant Wart and Mole Remover should immediately discontinue using it and discard the remaining contents by placing them in a plastic bag, sealing the bag and disposing of the product in the trash. Consumers may contact Nature Relief customer care at 1-888-646-6399 or email the company at support@naturerelief.com if they have questions. The FDA also noted that consumers who experienced adverse events with the product should seek immediate help from their physician or healthcare provider. Chemical burns of the skin are serious and may leave permanent scars.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it had received one report of a customer suffering burns after using the product. “The FDA advises that consumers are recommended to have moles reviewed by licensed medical professionals and ensure they are not cancerous. Moles when left untreated can possibly lead to melanoma, a form of cancer, and self-treatment of diseases such as cancer can cause a delay in early diagnosis, which may help prevent life threatening complications," according to the statement.