Being in pain is the quickest way to ruin a day. Sometimes, you even wake up in pain, searching for some type of relief! However, when you look in the medicine cabinet, you’re out of pain relief medication, and you have to haul yourself to the drug store.
When you finally get there, not only are you still in pain but now you’re faced with the litany of pain relief products that you have to sift through to find the right product.
Of the pain relief medicine you can get without a prescription and not in pill form, you have:
In this article, we’re going to be discussing these types of pain relief products, but also what ailments they are best suited to treat. If you’re tired of choosing the wrong products to relieve your pain and discomfort, then you’re in the right place.
Pain relief can come in many forms. It is only recently that pain relief sprays have grown in popularity among consumers. These sprays give you the ability to put the medication in those hard to reach areas like your mid-back or your lower extremities. These sprays also can be used in multiple areas without worrying about spreading the infection to other people or body parts. When you spray the pain reliever onto the skin, you can feel it begin to work almost immediately.
Many people endure pain and instead of taking a pill that seems to take a long time to start working, they turn to a pain relief cream. These topical ointments are considered to be safer than oral medications because if you take too many pills, you’re at risk of gastrointestinal ulceration or bleeding.
The creams can be applied to the area that is in need of relief, and since you’re zeroing in on that pain, you’ll feel the relief much quicker. Also, since systemic absorption is so minimal, you don’t have to be concerned about the possible side effects of taking NSAIDS in a pill form.
A pain relief gel is a lot like a pain relief cream, as it is able to penetrate deep into the tissue for quick relief. These gels typically will block the nerve receptors and block nerve impulses. These gels are great for sticking in the refrigerator, and when you apply it to the skin, you get a cooling effect almost like you’ve applied ice to the area, which can amplify the pain relief.
A pain relief patch, usually lidocaine, is another avenue you can explore when you’re looking at pain relief products. These patches act like an anesthetic, which reduces the pain or makes the area numb to the pain you’re feeling.
For the past five years, these patches have grown in popularity because you can put the patch on the problem area and forget about it. The pain relief medication absorbs into the skin at a slow and continual rate, as opposed to a large dose that will wear off.
When it comes to pain relief, we all want to choose a product that is going to help us feel the effects sooner rather than later. With that in mind, many people who suffer from deep tissue or joint pain, arthritis, sprains, sunburn, bug bites or even muscle soreness can benefit from topical treatments we’ve discussed.
With these products, you can apply the medication directly to the problematic area, and the pain reliever seeps into the skin, sometimes offering instant relief, much like you’d get with cream or a spray.
No one wants to be in pain, that much we all know and understand. However, there has been studies that show that taking NSAIDS orally can cause some serious problems with habitual use. Because of that, many people who suffer from arthritis, joint pain, muscle distress, and other discomforts have turned to other types of pain relief products such as gels, creams, sprays, and patches.
Though these products cannot alleviate the pain completely, they can give you some relief almost instantly for a short time. Sometimes that’s all we need—just a little relief.
We want to note that while you may feel relief with these products, they should not be your sole source of relief. Consult your doctor before including any new medications, even if over the counter, into your pain relief regime, as the ingredients of the new medications could conflict with any prescriptions you may currently be taking. With proper guidance and use, you’ll be able to experience pain relief with a topical medication.