Info and Tips on Pain Relief Creams, Gels, Rubs
Topical pain relief creams, rubs, gels, sprays - also called topical analgesics - are meant for applying on the skin.
Before you apply over-the-counter pain relief creams, gels, rubs, sprays, it is recommended to read and follow the directions that come with the product. Usually there's a drug facts label. Afterall these topicals are medicines and may sometimes go through the skin and get into the blood stream.
When you suffer from muscle and joint pain, and want to apply a topical relief cream, gel or rub, be aware to not use these topicals
- on irritated, damaged or open skin.
- on eyes, mouth, genitals or inside nose.
- and don't use bandages or wraps where you applied the pain relief cream
In order to avoid burns or severe blisters don't use heating lamps, hot water bottles, heating pads on the applied spots.
When applying pain relief creams, gels, rubs you may experience a cooling or warm sensation. Mind though to look for signs of burning or blistering when you feel pain after applying the topical. In that case talk to your doctor.
If you experience an irritation or rash on your skin after applying a topical, you might take a moderate warm bath for half an hour (add a cup of baking soda to the water). If it doesn't disappear then contact your doctor.
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As indicated near the top of this information, the process of topicals going through the skin is called "Cutaneous", meaning a treatment which is delivered through the skin.
If you have diabetes you must be cautious when using topicals. Certain ingredients might go in to the bloodstream. That's also a reason to consult with your doctor before applying a pain relief cream.
Tips on relieving leg pain.
- Do walk. It strenghens your leg muscles.
- Doing a massage on the discomfort spot stimulates blood flow and may alleviate muscle stress.
- Also doing leg stretching or exercises will stimulate muscles.
- Proper food is the first thing you need to consider. Try to bring variety in what you eat. You diet should always contain enough vegetables and fruits, milk products, bread, eggs, fish, lean meat, and water or thee.
Some people believe that vinegar can stop leg pain.
Means the ongoing breakdown of cartilage in the joints. It is the most common form of arthritis (joint inflammation) usually happening after middle age.
Here's more on medicines and topical for arthritis.
To relief osteoarthritis pain you might heat the area a few times a day for say 10 minutes each.
Pain and swellings.
To relief pain and swellings of strains, ligaments, pulled muscles or strains you might apply a cold pack, also a few times a day for 10 minutes each.
Knee and hip pain.
To relief pain in knee and hip, you might apply the TENS methode. A very low electric current that influences nerve signals on painful areas.
Or you might prefer using a light to relief pain, such as the TenDLite phototherapy device.
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