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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

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.

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.
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Rubefacients (heat rubs such as oil of wintergreen) are a class of therapeutic topical treatments known as counterirritants. They are for external use only and should not be exposed carelessly to the eyes, nose, and mouth.
He said: "One lack in this study is a failure to compare capsaicin creams to common counterirritants, such as Ben Gay or Icy Hot.
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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.
(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 rubbing action when applying a liniment may also contribute to some pain relief.
Among the most popular non-prescription topical pain relievers are counterirritants, or rubefacients, used to treat minor muscle and joint aches and pains.
Other than NSAIDs, counterirritants are the mainstay of O-T-C treatment of muscle injury and pain.
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