What are the risks of using topical urea to treat skin problems?

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There can be risks associated with using topical urea to treat skin problems, but most can be avoided by following simple guidelines:
  • To avoid severe allergic reaction, do not use topical urea products if you're allergic to any of its ingredients.
  • Topical urea may affect a fetus or nursing child, so talk to your doctor about these risks before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Topical urea products are intended for external use only. There is a risk of severe irritation if the product enters your eyes, nose or mouth. If this should occur, immediately flush the area with cool water.
  • To reduce the risk of irritation or burning, only use a small amount of topical urea, and don't place the product on broken or highly irritated skin.
  • Ask your doctor any questions you might have about the risks of using any topical urea products.