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How do counterirritants help in treating arthritis?

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Some commonly used counterirritants contain menthol, eucalyptus oil, oil of wintergreen, camphor, eugenol from cloves, and/or turpentine oil. When rubbed on the skin, these arthritis creams or ointments create a feeling of cold or heat over the painful joint or muscle, which may help soothe painful arthritis joints. Popular brands include Therapeutic Mineral Ice, Icy Hot, and Tiger Balm.

From: Arthritis Creams and Patches WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Rub It On: Topical Analgesics." Gammaitoni, A 2004. Towheed, T. . 2006. Fidelix, T. 2006. Galer B, Kivitz A, Fairfax M, et. al. "A randomized, open-label study comparing the efficacy and safety of lidocaine patch 5% with celecoxib 200 mg in patients with pain from osteoarthritis of the knee:" Presented at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, March 30-April 2, 2005.  . Current Medical Research and Opinion,Journal of RheumatologyCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

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SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Rub It On: Topical Analgesics." Gammaitoni, A 2004. Towheed, T. . 2006. Fidelix, T. 2006. Galer B, Kivitz A, Fairfax M, et. al. "A randomized, open-label study comparing the efficacy and safety of lidocaine patch 5% with celecoxib 200 mg in patients with pain from osteoarthritis of the knee:" Presented at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, March 30-April 2, 2005.  . Current Medical Research and Opinion,Journal of RheumatologyCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 03, 2018

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