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					Go to any big supermarket chain, department store or drugstore and you
will see numerous arthritis pain creams lining the shelves. Deciding on
one of these arthritis creams can be perplexing unless you know all the
facts. To start, be aware that these creams offer temporary relief of
minor aches and pains associated with arthritis, simple backache,
strains, bruises and sprains. If you have severe pain or it lasts more
than seven days, you should see a doctor.When looking for an arthritis
cream, take note of the active ingredient seen on the box of the product
or in the ingredients section of the online store if you are shopping on
the internet. The active ingredient is principally what helps the product
to relieve the arthritis pain, though some of the inactive ingredients
can also help.A bunch of of the products for arthritis pain relief
include capsaicin. This is the compound found in hot peppers and induces
the burning affect. This component is irritating to all mammals, to
include humans, and produces a burning sensation when applied topically.
In turn, the hot sensation masks the pain. The amount of burning varies
from one person to the next. If you have sensitive skin, you should
refrain from using arthritis pain creams containing capsaicin!Methyl
salicylate and trolamine salicylate are both frequent active ingredients
of arthritis pain creams. These salicylic acid compounds are chemically
similar with the active ingredient of aspirin. If allergic to aspirin,
you must talk with a physician prior to applying arthritis creams
containing salicyclic acids. Methyl salicylate is sometimes used as a
mint in various chewing gums and candies, as an alternative to spearmint
and peppermint oils. Creams using this ingredient will usually exhibit a
minty aroma.One of the most popular active ingredients in arthritis
creams is menthol. Menthol is a natural substance obtained from
peppermint and other mint oils and may be man-made. It has local
anesthetic or numbing attributes due to its cooling sensation when
applied to the skin. Just as capsaicin, menthol masks the pain. Products
containing menthol normally display a strong, mint scent.Camphor is
another frequent ingredient in arthritis pain relief products. It is a
white, waxy or transparent solid with a strong, aromatic odor. Camphor is
readily absorbed through the skin and produces a cooling sensation,
similar to that of menthol, and behaves as a slight local anesthetic.From
what you have read, some of the active ingredients incorporated in
arthritis pain relief creams have undesirable attributes such as skin
irritation and strong scents. Don't be disheartened! There are a few
arthritis creams like Australian Dream that use none of the listed
ingredients and provide arthritis pain relief with no odor, no skin
irritation or burning, without greasy residue and without staining of the
clothing.The popular arthritis creams are:Aspercreme - An arthritis pain
cream for the temporary relief of minor pain associated with arthritis,
simple backache, muscle strains, and muscle sprains. Active ingredient of
this product is trolamine salicylate.Australian Dream - This arthritis
cream provides temporary arthritis pain relief without any odor, skin
irritation, greasy residue or staining of your clothes. Histamine
dihydrochloride, which increases blood flow to the applied area, is the
active ingredient. An inactive ingredient found in this cream is emu
oil.Bengay - A well-known cream that offers temporary relief of minor
muscle and joint. This arthritis pain cream was one of the first on the
market. Active ingredients found in this cream are menthol and methyl
salicylate.Icy Hot - An arthritis cream with a double affect. First, it
produces a cool feeling to dampen the pain and then produces a warming
sensation to relax it away. Active ingredients are methyl salicylate and
menthol.Mineral Ice - A gel providing cool, greaseless, temporary pain
relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints. Active ingredient
is menthol.Sportscreme - A cream that provides the temporary relief from
minor pain associated with muscle strain, stiffness and sore muscles.
Active ingredient is salicylate.Tiger Balm - An arthritis cream providing
a soothing affect that relieves muscular aches and joint pain. Active
ingredients include menthol, cajuput oil, camphor and clove oil.Zostrix -
An arthritis cream that decreases the levels of substance P, a chemical
substance involved in transferring pain impulses to the brain. When
rubbed on the skin, this ingredient has a pain-relieving effect. The
active ingredient is capsaicin.

				
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