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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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The OTC preparations are formulated with low concentrations of various drug mixtures, such as local anesthetics, vasoconstrictors, astringents, antiseptics, emollients/protectants, counterirritants, keratolytics, and wound healing agents.
The OTC preparations are formulated with low concentrations of various drug mixtures, such as local anesthetics, vasoconstrictors, astringents, antiseptics, emollients / protectants, counterirritants, keratolytics, and wound healing agents.
9) Since antihistamines do not benefit atopic-related pruritus, other options include emollients, counterirritants such as menthol/camphor or capsaicin, EMLA cream, topical pramoxine, topical corticosteroids, topical doxepin, topical immunomodulators such as pimecrolimus or tacrolimus, topical aspirin, and phototherapy with psoralen ultraviolet A-range (PUVA).
But the treatment of the disease by the physicians of 1832 was to use counterirritants and astringents, which only made the patient worse.
The exact mechanism by which they may relieve pain is not known, but they may help block pain signals by stimulating other nerve fibers--thus these ingredients are sometimes called counterirritants.
The epidemic of diabetes is among factors driving sales of over-the-counter pain relievers at a time in which recalls of some O-T-C analgesics brands and frustration with topical remedies that rely on counterirritants are fueling interest in natural alternatives.
Among the most popular non-prescription topical pain relievers are counterirritants, or rubefacients, used to treat minor muscle and joint aches and pains.
Furthermore, there are problems using topical ointments with menthol, camphor, and/or other counterirritants.
And often these products use such counterirritants as menthol, methyl salicylate and camphor, which mask the sensation of pain by causing the skin to feel hot or cold.
Most other topical analgesics, by contrast, "just serve as counterirritants.