Girl dies applying too much sports cream

United States
June 10, 2007 9:18pm CST
For aching muscles, I often put on more cream than is reccommended. After reading about the school girl on the track team who applied too much cream to her aching muscles, I will be careful how much cream I put on it. Her body had absorbed too much methyl salicylate
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@howard96h (11663)
• New York, New York
11 Jun 07
I herd about this on the news, what a shame. I did not know putting too much on could kill you. Good post!
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• United States
11 Jun 07
Thanks, I didn't know either. I usually put a liberal amount on when I am sore. Next time I'll be sure to read the intrsuctions carefully. The news story on ABC implied, however, that she must have put it on multiple times a day for several days. It is a sad story.
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• United States
11 Jun 07
I find that hard to believe.
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• United States
11 Jun 07
I couldn't believe it either. It was a short, 3 paragraph blurb in the Sunday LA Times. I found a ABC news video online. the URL is: http://video.aol.com/video/muscle-cream-kills-track-star/1924005
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
11 Jun 07
This is the first that I've heard of this- I'll have to look for the article on CNN.com. It makes sense that it could happen. Salicylates can be very toxic, although you need a huge dose to do this kind of damage. She must have literally packed it on. It's always best to use all medications, even over-the-counter medications and creams that seem "harmless" exactly as the package instructs. Any other use can and often does result in harmful effects, as this case shows.
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• United States
11 Jun 07
I found a video that aired on ABC news, and the doctor who was interviewed said that she had the equivalent of 20 aspirins in her system.
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• Pakistan
19 Jun 07
it is so dangerous for girls to use the creams and other things than it is recomended so they have to follow the recomendataion it is necessary