Over the counter (OTC) pain relief in the form of pills, creams, and lotions have been used for decades. There were few issues associated with usage, unless someone was allergic to the ingredients. That is no longer the case because people are on so many prescription medications that interactions can be a real problem.
Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, chemicals in creams, capsaicin in lotions, and even fragrances can react with medications directly, or cause rashes and sensitivities due to the side effects of medications. Ulcers, dizziness, nosebleeds, and burning of the skin can be experienced with many OTC pain relievers these days. Some are designed for specific types of pain, such as arthritis pain relief.Consult a Doctor
If experiencing a new type of pain, muscle stiffness, or burning and tingling sensations, mention it to the doctor. What seems like a minor issue can actually be neuropathy, arthritis, or a degenerative condition. A doctor can recommend the right product for arthritis pain relief
or neuropathy pain relief, and may order tests to rule out more serious conditions.
Consult a doctor before trying any new supplements, pills, or creams even if they have all-natural ingredients. Just because an ingredient is homeopathic, that does not mean it is safe for everyone to use under all circumstances. Do a bit of research first on a few solutions to save time. Seek out safe and toxin-free pain relief products because they will be less likely to interact with current medications.Understanding Pain
It is important to understand that most pain is due to inflammation. That may be inflammation in the joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Any kind of pill or topical cream that does not contain anti-inflammatory ingredients will not be effective for arthritis pain relief or muscle pain.
Another factor is how far any type of topical cream or lotion will penetrate deep into the skin. Most remain on the surface, which will not provide long-lasting relief. The ingredients will work best if there is a built-in mechanism that will deliver them deep into the tissue. Liposomes are a natural catalyst for that purpose.Follow Directions
Use natural supplements and creams as they are meant to be used. The product will have a recommended
dosage or times per day to use it. Excessive use will do only do one thing and that is to waste product. Save money and follow directions.
Pay attention to any warnings as well. Many supplements, for example, will advise pregnant or nursing women not to use the product. Creams, although safe and non-toxic, may aggravate the area if there are open wounds, a sunburn, or poison ivy present.