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counterirritant

 [kown″ter-ir´ĭ-tant]
producing counterirritation.
an agent that so acts.

count·er·ir·ri·tant

(kown'ter-ir'i-tant),
1. An agent that causes irritation or a mild inflammation of the skin to relieve symptoms of a deep-seated inflammatory process.
2. Relating to or producing counterirritation. Enhances blood flow to affected area.

counterirritant

(koun′tər-îr′ĭ-tənt)
n.
An agent that induces local inflammation to relieve inflammation in underlying or adjacent tissues.
adj.
Of or producing the effect of such an agent.

coun′ter·ir′ri·ta′tion (-tā′shən) n.

counterirritant

an agent used to produce an irritation in one part of the body intended to relieve irritation in some other part.

counterirritant

A general term for any substance applied to the skin which, by acting as an irritant on a painful zone, serves to attenuate the sensation of pain; capsaicin, obtained from hot chilli peppers, is a well-known counterirritant.

counterirritant

Any substance applied to the skin–eg, capsaicin-from chili peppers—which, by acting as an irritant on a painful zone, attenuates pain sensation. See Capsaicin.

count·er·ir·ri·tant

(kown'tĕr-ir'i-tănt)
1.An agent that causes irritation or a mild inflammation of the skin to relieve symptoms of a deep-seated inflammatory process.
2. Relating to or producing counterirritation.

counterirritant

Anything applied to the skin to provoke a mild inflammation and relieve deeper pain either by improving the blood supply or by interfering with the passage of sensory nerve impulses.

counterirritant

topical agent used to relieve inflammation

count·er·ir·ri·tant

(kown'tĕr-ir'i-tănt)
1. An agent that causes irritation or a mild inflammation of the skin to relieve symptoms of a deep-seated inflammatory process.
2. An agent used to enhance blood flow to affected area.

counterirritant,

n an irritant that blocks perception of pain by diverting attention to the sensation that it produces.

counterirritant

1. producing counterirritation.
2. an agent that produces counterirritation. Blistering by application of a paste or liquid containing rubefacient agents such as cantharides or mercuric iodide, and firing, by burning the skin and superficial tissues with a hot iron, were used as counterirritants on the lower limbs of lame horses. Less traumatic measures are more commonly used nowadays.
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Rubefacients (heat rubs such as oil of wintergreen) are a class of therapeutic topical treatments known as counterirritants.
The counterirritants create a warm or cool feeling to distract from the pain and they can be used on an as-needed basis, while capsaicin must be used regularly.
Actions and mechanisms of counterirritants on the muscular circulation.