The use of emollient creams to treat itchy and dry skin conditions can lead one to catch fire more easily and people who use this creams are being warned.
A medicine regulator says clear warning on this product packaging is needed to create awareness and caution consumers.
Fabric that has been in repeated contact with these products burns more easily, meaning users/consumers should not smoke or go near naked flames.
Washing clothing and bedding can reduce product build-up but not totally remove it.
People should not stop using the creams but be aware of the risk.
It was previously thought the risk occurred with emollients that contained more than 50% paraffins, but evidence now points to a risk with all emollients, including paraffin free ones.