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Pain relief can be available without a prescription. And for centuries, ointments, rubs and liniments have been applied to the skin over painful areas. The topical pain relievers have withstood the tests of time, yet sometimes people overlook their existence. Over time, three basic ingredients have prevailed: the menthol products, the herbal products and the capsaicin products. All are worth trying.
The menthol products give your skin a cold sensation by stimulating the cold sensors in the skin. Over the years, I have heard the best results with a product that delivers cold therapy called Biofreeze . Although the company who produces Biofreeze has a rather simplistic explanation about how it works , all you need to know is that it does work for many people. If you have not tried it, you might be pleasantly surprised when you do.
Topical herbal products utilize a variety of substances used in Eastern medicines . One product that is frequently mentioned by name is Tiger Balm ....
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Advil or Aleve, might lower your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), one of the most common forms of skin cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology .
Researchers reviewed nine previous studies which also looked at the use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin, to a reduced risk of developing skin cancer. According to the scientists, the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma dropped by 15 percent and could potentially become a part of overall prevention measures for SCC.
SCC is the second most common form of skin cancer with 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. This type of skin cancer rarely metastasizes, however, it can become deadly if left untreated. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation , 8,800 people died from SCC in 2012. This type of skin cancer develops in the epidermis, or ...
Chronic non-cancer pain is fairly common in the US. Current statistics show that it affects around 20 percent of the population. Physicians who are trying to manage the pain for their patients are using more opioids as treatment, but some pain specialists are concerned about this increased use. In order to use opioids for adequate pain control, there must be a balance between the risk factors and the need for pain relief. Researchers did a secondary data analysis of data from the years 2000 to 2005 from regional Veterans' Affairs. The researchers wanted to identify risk factors for developing opioid abuse or dependence. Four groups of risk factors were identified and studied: non-opioid abuse disorders, painful physical health disorders, mental health disorders, and socio-demographic factors. The sample included 15,160 chronic users of opioids, not including methadone, for chronic non-cancer pain. To determine chronic opioid use, the researchers used a cut-off point of 91 days or more f...
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