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What topical treatments can help with treating osteoarthritis (OA)?

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Topical treatments to ease osteoarthritis (OA) pain come in prescription and over-the-counter forms. They may include topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and capsaicin. You might experience some skin irritation, so test the medication on a small part of your skin to make sure you’re not sensitive to any of the ingredients.

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News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 09, 2017

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 09, 2017

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