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How can you minimize risks of using topical cream rubs and sprays for pain relief?

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To minimize the risks of topical pain relievers:

  • Follow directions carefully.
  • Don't put them on wounds or damaged skin.
  • Don't use them with a heating pad
  • Don't use under a tight bandage.
  • Don't touch your eyes and genitals with the product on your hands.

SOURCES:

Georgia Department of Community Health: "Arthritis pain relief: Creams and gels for aching joints."

ArthritisToday.org: "Osteoarthritis and Kidney Concerns," and "Osteoarthritis Treatment: What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?"

Penn State Hershey: "Osteoarthritis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "How to Use Capsaicin (Pepper Creams) for Joint Pain."

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: "Use Caution with Over-the-Counter Creams, Ointments."

University of Missouri Health Care: "Use of Heat and Cold for Pain Relief."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Georgia Department of Community Health: "Arthritis pain relief: Creams and gels for aching joints."

ArthritisToday.org: "Osteoarthritis and Kidney Concerns," and "Osteoarthritis Treatment: What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?"

Penn State Hershey: "Osteoarthritis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "How to Use Capsaicin (Pepper Creams) for Joint Pain."

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: "Use Caution with Over-the-Counter Creams, Ointments."

University of Missouri Health Care: "Use of Heat and Cold for Pain Relief."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 17, 2019

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