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What are the risks of taking DMSO?

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Some DMSO on the market may actually be industrial grade. Industrial grade DMSO may contain a number of impurities that can easily be absorbed into the skin with potentially serious health effects. The most frequent side effects from using DMSO on the skin include:

More serious side effects include:

DMSO can also cause a deadly reaction when used in high concentrations.

Using DMSO by mouth can cause:

  • Stomach upset
  • Skin irritation
  • Strong odor of garlic
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Headaches
  • Itching and burning when applied to the skin
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Decreased appetite

From: DMSO WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Brien, S. 2011. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Osteoarthritis and Complementary Health Approaches."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide)."

American Cancer Society: "DMSO."

Arthritis Today web site: "Supplement Guide: DMSO."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Brien, S. 2011. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Osteoarthritis and Complementary Health Approaches."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide)."

American Cancer Society: "DMSO."

Arthritis Today web site: "Supplement Guide: DMSO."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

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