DMSO OIL for Topical Pain Relief
DMSO stands for Dimethyl Sulfoxide. It is a byproduct of paper production from wood, which is used mainly as a commercial solvent. In medicine it is mainly used as a topical pain reliever (topical analgesic) and for the treatment of interstitial cystitis, arthritis pain, and many other localized pain issues. One of the many benefits of DMSO is that it could also be used as an anti-inflammatory and it has antioxidant properties. DMSO can be used to carry other compounds, such as vitamins, antifungal medications, supplements and other pharmaceuticals into our biological system. DMSO oil is absorbed through the skin, so it is most effective when used on joints that are close to the skin's surface.
Benefits of Using DMSO as Topical Pain Reliever
Topical pain relievers have some great advantages when compared to common oral medication.
- They offer enhanced drug delivery to the area of the body that suffers, and the affected tissues.
- According to a recent survey, over 90% of the population has oral pain relievers in their home. However, according to the same study, 74% try to avoid using them at any cost because they fear the side effects. One of the main benefits of DMSO oil and other topical pain relievers is that when we apply them on our skin, very little of the substance makes it to the blood stream. This means that with topical pain relievers you don’t get the systemic adverse effects that are associated with oral medication. (For example, DMSO oil is very unlikely to cause you any kind of peptic disorders, which are not uncommon with oral medications). All in all, a topical pain reliever has a better safety profile than an oral pain reliever.
- They don’t cause any kind of fluid retention.
- Some of the most commonly used over the counter pain relievers can block the effectiveness of low dose aspirin that some people take to reduce the incidence of heart attack or stroke. With topical pain relievers this is not possible.
- They are quickly absorbed and provide pain relief in as fast as 20 minutes after applying them onto the skin.
- In most cases, abuse of a topical pain reliever will cause you dermatitis or skin inflammation. On the other hand, abuse of oral pain killers can even cause acute liver failure.
- Topical pain relievers usually include multiple substances, resulting in more effective targeting of the pain. With DMSO, for example, we can combine multiple substances into a topical pain reliever and avoid taking multiple medicines orally.
DMSO Oil Side Effects
Topical use of DMSO can cause irritation of the skin and dermatitis. When applied, it is quickly absorbed by the skin, and it can also transfer harmful compounds into the system. Since it is quickly absorbed into the skin, the skin will also absorb anything dissolved in it. That is why you should never apply it over a dirty skin, while using chemicals or on top of skin with cosmetics.
You should not use DMSO if you suffer from asthma, liver, heart or kidney conditions. People who have diabetes should also not use DMSO oil. Never use DMSO that is not human grade and always thoroughly clean your skin before applying the oil.