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Ointment for Pain Relief

Topical pain killers offer great relief when you suffer from severe joint and muscle pains. Topical pain killers are those ointments you apply to your skin.
Ointments for pain relief are rubber into the skin over the painful joints or muscles.

What ingredients are used in ointments for pain relief?
The most common ingredients in over-the-counter topical ointments are:

  • Salicylates: They contain the same substance found in aspirin which gives pain relief. When applied on the skin they relieve pain in the joints close to the skin like knees, finger, and elbows.
  • Counterirritants: They use ingredients such as methylsalicylate, menthol, and camphor. They generate a cooling or burning feeling that takes your mind off the pain.
  • Capsaicin: This is also a major ingredient in hot chilies. It is most effective for relieving pain. The ointment helps reduce a certain chemical in your nerve cells that is responsible for sending pain signals.

Important Instructions to use pain relief ointments

  • Read the instructions carefully and follow the directions.
  • Never apply ointments to damaged skin or wounds.
  • Do use under a tight bandage.
  • After applying wash your hands, and avoid touching your eyes when the ointment is still in your hands.
  • Do not use ointments with heating pad as it may result in burns.
  • If you are on blood thinners or allergic to aspirin, consult your doctor before using ointments that include salicylates.
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