Pain relief cream
To treat pains of different localization, people can use such topical agents, like e.g. pain relief creams. Since topical creams provide an analgesic effect locally and do not cause systemic side effects, they are very popular among patients of different ages.
Any pain relief cream usually contains substances of natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic origin, which help not only relieve pain, but also stop the inflammatory process.
Due to the fact that the modern pharmaceutical industry offers a huge number of topical pain killers, today you can individually select the cream for the topical treatment of:
• myofascial pain syndrome;
• pain caused by traumatic injury of soft tissues;
• articular pains of rheumatic and non-rheumatic origin.
Some brands of pain relief cream may contain counterirritants, salicylates, and capsaicin. Such pain relievers are available without a prescription at any pharmacy. They are safe and effective for the relief of predominantly weak short lasting pain.
Capsaicin is a natural substance that stops pain by influencing the nerve endings of the peripheral nervous system. Salicylates reduce inflammation, which helps to effectively decrease the pressure and pain in the inflamed area.
As counterirritants, pain relief cream (e.g., Young Living) may include camphor, menthol, eucalyptus or cinnamon oil. These substances provide a cooling or warming effect and contribute to pain relief.
Over the counter analgesic creams can be used to treat:
• muscle aches and pains in the back;
• pain caused by injury and sprain.
The most widely used pain relief creams that are used for the treatment of the pain in arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and other degenerative joint diseases, contain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) as the main ingredient.
The analgesic effect of these topical medications is due to suppression of mediators of pain, inflammation and fever. Most creams, based on NSAIDs are non-prescription drugs. You can freely buy pain relief creams at CVS, Walgreens or any local pharmacy.
Application of topical analgesic creams helps to:
• arrest pain syndrome;
• stop inflammatory process;
• reduce morning stiffness and swelling of joints.
When topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatories turn inefficient, doctor can recommend his patient using a pain relief cream with Lidocaine, which has a wide range of applications.
The drug is used as a local anesthetic in superficial surgical interventions for skin anesthesia before performing medical or cosmetic procedures.
Lidocaine-containing creams are also used for a temporary relief of pain and itch, associated with:
• insect bites;
• minor cuts and burns;
• arthritis and simple backache;
• hemorrhoids or rectal irritation.
When applying any pain relief cream (for feet, knees or cuts) you need to comply with the dosing regimen. Otherwise, the therapeutic effect will not be achieved. The cream should be applied to intact skin in a circular motion and lightly rubbed in. Avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes of the mouth.
Contraindications to the use of pain relief creams is idiosyncrasy of any drug component and compromised skin integrity at the site of intended application.