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Analgesic Gels

Analgesic Gels

Analgesic Gels

What are Analgesic Gels?

Topical pain relieving medications are absorbed through our skin. The most widely recognized varieties are analgesic creams or gels that we rub onto the skin. Since the components are absorbed through the skin, most topical analgesic gels are best utilized on muscles and joints that are near the skin’s surface, for example, the joints in our hands, feet and knees.

Uses of Analgesic Gels                         

Analgesic gels are used in

  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle pain
  • Minor burns
  • Sport injuries
  • Bruises
  • Backaches

How to apply Analgesic Gels?

Topical analgesics can be applied two to four times each day to control mild to moderate intensity pain. Take care to wash your hands completely after utilization so you don’t spread the drug at your nose, mouth, or different mucous membranes.

Benefits of Analgesic Gels

Analgesic Gels have following beneficial effects:

  • Acts as an local anesthetic
  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces joint pains
  • Minimal systemic absorption
  • Desensitization of nerves
  • Effective for neuropathic and musculoskeletal problems
  • Minimal side effects
  • Improved patient adherence
  • Avoid first-pass mechanism of drug

Limitations of Analgesic Gels

Do not use analgesic gels

  • Along with other topical analgesics or pain relievers
  • With heating pads and heating devices
  • In or near the eyes
  • On open bleeding wounds or damaged areas
  • during pregnancy
  • In nursing women
  • If you have skin allergies and irritation

Limitations of Analgesic Gels

While topical analgesic gels are a good and very popular to reduce swelling and pain for the short term, they do not generally promote healing and this limits their long term effects. It is often still necessary to include a more permanent treatment in addition to analgesic gels if we are treating most conditions.

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