Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) still remain one of the most commonly used drugs for joint pain from osteoarthritis (OA). Changes have come about over the years to improve these drugs. Reducing side effects such as stomach bleeds and kidney problems has brought a whole new generation of NSAIDs to the market. In this article, doctors from NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York review current trends with NSAID use. Choosing the right NSAID for each patient is the first step. Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is still the first choice for mild OA. Tylenol is a pain reliever but not an NSAID. When Tylenol® is not effective, an NSAID may be needed to control pain and inflammation. Aspirin used to be the most popular NSAID. But aspirin use in some people can result in ulcers, GI bleeding, and kidney failure. Scientists discovered that certain enzymes called cyclooxygenase (COX) were part of the problem. A new group of NSAIDs was developed to inhibit or stop one specific enzyme (COX-2...
1. Practice good hygiene. Keep your body clean, wash your hands
frequently and try to avoid touching the sores.
2. Take salt baths. This method can clean, dry and ease the pain
of blisters and sores. Mix a few tablespoons of salt in a shallow
3. Cool the affected area. Applying ice directly to the sores or
drying the area with a blow dryer on the cool setting can offer
4. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Loose clothing reduces
discomfort and promotes healing of the sores. Wear cotton, rather
than synthetic underwear.
5. Wear sun block. Keeping your skin protected can help prevent
the recurrence of HSV-1.
6. Urinate in a cool bath or shower. If you experience painful
urination, this process dilutes the urine and prevents burning the
7. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water each day.
8. Practice abstinence when you are experiencing symptoms of
herpes. Help prevent the spread of herpes by avoiding sexual
activity when you are experiencing any symptoms, including
Health care professionals depend on good sources of information to keep up-to-date on evidence-based medicine. One of the most reliable publications comes from the Cochrane Collaboration . Everyone pays attention when they publish a study. The Cochrane Collaboration is a group of over 11,500 volunteers who systematically review all relevant randomized controlled trials on a specific topic. The people in the group are located in more than 90 countries. They also study the results of non-randomized, observational studies. The results of these systematic reviews are published in the Cochrane Library. In this study, the use of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for low back pain (LBP) was reviewed. The goals were to 1) look for effects of NSAIDs and 2) find out which type of NSAID works the best. Specifically, COX-2 inhibiting NSAIDs were considered. These drugs have a lower risk of gastrointestinal side effects. For this reason, they have recently become more popular than the trad...
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