It's hard to work when you're in pain or have a fever. Whether you overdid it at the gym or have chronic back or arthritis pain, you may feel the need for relief. For muscle strains and overuse, doctors recommend both cold and hot packs. Cold packs help to ease pain in the early stages of a muscle strain, but heat works too and is often more soothing and comforting for back or neck pain. How can you get the benefits of heat?
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An air-activated heat wrap warms up as soon as you take it out of its pouch - without an outside heat source. No microwave required. Wrap it around a sore neck or back and feel the warmth as it delivers heat to sore muscles to relieve pain and tightness. Another alternative for easing muscle pain is the topical analgesic capsaicin, an ingredient in hot peppers. You can enjoy its pain-relieving benefits in the form of an easy-to-use patch you apply directly to a sore muscle or painful, arthritic joints. It offers pain relief without the side effects of some medications used to ease pain.
Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are two of the most common and effective ways to reduce fever and relieve minor aches and pains. These medications offer non-prescription relief for fever, pain and body aches and are two products most recommended by doctors for everything from arthritis pain relief to sore muscle relief. Doctors often recommend acetaminophen for children's pain relief as well.
Menstrual Pain Relief
Heat is helpful for another type of pain - menstrual cramps. Many women experience uncomfortable menstrual cramps during the first few days of their menstrual period. In some cases, the pain is severe enough to interfere with their normal activities. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen offer a time-tested way to get relief. Ibuprofen helps to block chemicals called prostaglandins that cause pain and cramping. Heat also helps to relieve menstrual cramps. Air-activated heat wraps are available that you can attach to the inside of your clothing to deliver hours of warmth for relief of menstrual cramping.
The Pain of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are another common source of pain and discomfort. Medicated wipes with witch hazel help to shrink swollen hemorrhoids and ease irritation so that you can get on with your busy day without discomfort. Hemorrhoids are common so be prepared by stocking some in your medicine cabinet with hemorrhoid preparations you can reach for in time of need.
The Bottom Line?
Whether you're looking for relief from pain or fever, there are a variety of products available to help you feel better. Some you take orally, like acetaminophen, while others you apply topically - but keep this in mind: pain or fever can sometimes be a sign of a more serious health problem, so see your doctor if you don't know what's causing it, if it worsens, or if isn't relieved by over-the-counter products.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.