Counter irritant

(Med.) an irritant to produce a blister, a pustular eruption, or other irritation in some part of the body, in order to relieve an existing irritation in some other part.
See under Counter.

See also: Counter, Irritant

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ABSTRACT -- DoloRx, a unique proprietary topical composition was compared with Ibuprofen, an NSAID(Non Steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), and Ben Gay, a standard topical counter irritant, for the treatment of arthritis.
Ibuprofen is the largest selling NSAID in the world at the present time, and Ben Gay is the largest selling topical counter irritant for the treatment of arthritis.
This was described as a broader level of relief than expected from topically applied counter irritants and p-blockers, such as capsaicin, and without the side effects of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

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