Can DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide) an oily liquid be applied topically to relieve pain and reduce swelling? My daughter (58) has a severe case of Gout.
Gout - Can DMSO be applied topically to relieve pain and reduce swelling?
Question posted by joanlach on 13 March 2017
Last updated on 7 June 2017 by suzanne66
DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is a solvent which enhances the absorption of drugs from the skin. It has been thought to be an effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent although this has not been proven. To apply topically dilute with water first and then rub in to the affected area every 2 to 6 hours.
If this does not help you could try taking a NSAID such as ibuprofen which helps to decrease the swelling and pain. An ice pack applied for 20 minutes hourly could also help.
If the pain is intolerable then see your doctor. Medicines can be prescribed for sudden acute attacks and for prevention if attacks are frequent.
Gout is a type of arthritis. It occurs when uric acid builds up in blood and causes inflammation in the joints.
Acute gout is a painful condition that often affects only one joint.
Chronic gout is repeated episodes of pain and inflammation. More than one joint may be affected.
For more information about gout and its treatment visit: https://www.drugs.com/health-guide/gout.html
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