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Pain Relief for RA

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How can topical pain relievers help to reduce RA suffering?

Expert:   Harry D. Fischer, MD, Chief of Rheumatology, Beth Israel Medical Center New York »

Topical joint creams provide temporary pain relief to mild rheumatoid arthritis. Learn about the three types of creams you may be able to use.

Transcript: CAPSAICIN is an ingredient you’re likely to see in over-the-counter creams. This ingredient is made from seeds of CHILI peppers, which is why you’ll feel a slight burning sensation when applying it to your skin. Capsaicin blocks your nerves’ ability to send PAIN messages to the brain. This effect gradually fades away. MENTHOL is another common ingredient in over-the-counter creams., It creates a hot and cold sensation on the skin without actually changing your body temperature. This feeling temporarily distracts the nerves in that area from transmitting other sensations, such as pain. The third regularly used ingredient is SALICYLATE. This is the SAME pain-relief and anti-inflammatory ingredient found in aspirin. Because some of the cream is absorbed, AVOID this one if you’re allergic to oral aspirin. More »

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