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What are topical painkillers?

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Topical painkillers, or analgesics, are sprayed on, rubbed in or applied as patches onto the skin over painful muscles or joints. Although are all designed to relieve pain, different products use different ingredients. 

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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What topical analgesic creams, rubs, and sprays are used for pain relief?

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