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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pain Relief Creams Alert

A lot of us are afraid to visit pain clinics and talk to a doctor when we feel something wrong with our bodies. And often times, we take those pains for granted thinking that it's nothing and it would go away quickly. Or sometimes, we're just too afraid to find out that something could really be wrong. I must admit that I think like that, I really don't give much attention to simple head aches, tummy aches, and ankle pain. For me, a little REST does the trick.

I used to be so generous when I slather pain relief creams onto my skin until I have read an article about it saying that too much can hurt. Over the counter creams should be applied thinly. An athlete, Arielle Newman died from sports cream overdose. She used large amounts of pain relieving ointments which contain methyl salicylate. Reports say, it may have interacted with other aspirin-based medicines she was using which caused her cardiac arrest.

Although this is a rare case, it is always better to be on the safe side than be sorry later on. If you think that if a little bit is good, a lot is even better, think again. This is not true when it comes to what we slather on our body. Now I make it a point to read heal-n-soothe reviews before applying them on my skin.

Here are some important rules to follow when using pain relief creams.

  • FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS - always use the correct dosage.
  • NEVER COVER THE AREA - don't wrap or apply heat to your skin after putting a product on your skin unless you are following doctor's instructions. Wrapping or occlusion increases absorption.
  • ASK QUESTIONS - anytime you get a treatment at a spa or salon that involves wrapping, make sure you ask what's being applied, if there are any dangers, and how long you'll be wrapped.
  • BE CAREFUL AROUND THE SKIN - protective top layers of keratin are lacking in thin-skinned areas [armpits, groin, eyelids] and mucus membranes [nasal passages, mouth, vaginal and rectal regions], so medication have a stronger effect in these places.
  • TALK TO YOUR DOC - just because you get it over the counter doesn't mean you shouldn't tell your doctor about it.
  • CHECK FOR FDA/BFAD APPROVAL - products approved by them have been tested and are labeled with appropriate warnings and directions for use.

1 comment :

Gorgeous MUM said...

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it . Have a blessed Sunday!

 
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