As most of us know, growing up was a daily battle to see just how much pain we could put our bodies through. Between stitches, twisted ankles, swollen eyes, deep bruises and a host of other ailments. What kid never went thru life hurting themselves and constantly needing a bag of ice or frozen peas. Of course, as we grew older our tolerance for pain improved but the injuries just got more severe. Thus, as teens, we quickly learned the benefits of pain remedies and the occasional ibuprofen. Now as adult’s, luckily having less frequent injuries but when we do, we have diversified our treatments adding hot patches and the latest topical pain relief creams or gels.
I know, I’m not alone out there and many of you are also looking for basic remedies to deal with the knick-knacks, the wear, and tear of everyday life. In fact, according to Consumer Reports back in January 2014 millions of Americans rely on aspirin, ibuprofen, and other oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs every single day to deal with chronic and temporary pain. But with the emergence of topical pain relief creams millions are finding themselves with more options that ever. Which can be both, a relief, or a new headache all together. So let’s take a few moments to compare topical pain relief gels and taking pills/oral medications and understand some of the benefits and drawbacks of each because just as our pain is unique to each of us, so are the remedies we employ to deal with it.
Benefits And Drawbacks Of Topical Gels And Creams
When I first started using a topical pain relief cream, I immediately noticed three key benefits, localized treatment, fast acting comfort, and no chalky aftertaste.
I don’t want to make oral medications sound completely outdated or topical creams the catch-all solution.
A quick pill is great for a scathing migraine, and for some major injuries necessary. Gels and creams also run the risk of staining clothing or smelling of vapor rub. The aforementioned Consumer Report explained “always follow label instructions because topicals can come with some risks. For example, using topicals too often or leaving them on too long can make your skin prone to allergic reactions.” So if you have sensitive or infected skin makes sure you grab a brand that will best support you, and always check with your pharmacist before starting a new oral medication. Again, as long as we know we have options, we can best treat the injuries life is going to throw at us no matter how hard we try and avoid them.
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Chief Operating Officer, The Compounding Pharmacy of America
Matthew Poteet, Pharm.D. graduated with Honors from Lee University with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science. After his undergraduate training, he completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2004. Dr. Poteet has spent much of his pharmacy career on staff at two of the most prestigious academic teaching hospitals in the Southeast; Emory University in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. At these institutions he received extensive experience and training in sterile products compounding.
He returned home to East Tennessee in 2010, where he has held the position of Pharmacy Director at two sterile products pharmacies in Knoxville. Matthew lives in Knoxville with his wife, Chris. Dr. Poteet is Tennessee’s first Board Certified Anti-Aging Pharmacist by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.