External Medications

Know-how in Applying External Medications:

A variety of creams, ointments, or other forms of medicines for external use are available in the market. Do you know how you should apply them on your skin to achieve the best effect?

For external medicines that relieve muscle or joint pain:

There are two types of external medicines that relieve muscle or joint pain.

The more common ones (e.g. “Oil of Wintergreen” which contains Salicylate) has to be rubbed on the area of pain. It relieves pain by the hot sensation produced on the site.

Some other ones use another ingredient for reducing pain as well as inflammation (e.g. Piroxicam or Diclofenac). No intense rubbing is required in using this type of external medications; only gentle application is enough for pain relief.

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