DMSO cream

DMSO stands for Dimethyl Sulfoxide. It is an odorless, colorless liquid, usually used as an industrial solvent. It is a byproduct of wood pulp that is created when paper is made from trees. DMSO is often used as a medical remedy in lotions, cream and ointments. It is usually used to provide pain relief, but it has other uses as well.

A great deal of research has been done in various major institutions, establishing DMSO as a free radical that has scavenging properties as an antioxidant and is able to safely and quickly penetrate skin. Extensive and exhaustive research has also revealed that DMSO has a very low toxicity level and that its healing properties remain even after it has been physically removed or metabolized. Years of research and then experimental testing proved that, used topically, DMSO has several healing properties that include pain relief.

Despite all the research results indicating a positive light on the use of DMSO, the United States Food and Drug Administrations has not granted its seal of approval to the use of DMSO. The reasons behind this decision are:

  • Though it has been irrevocably established that DMSO works, the exact process of how it works and why is unclear. This is deemed unsafe.
  • The topical use of the drug results in a leftover taste of garlic in the mouth of the user, even though the drug is used externally. There is no conclusive reasoning as to why this occurs. Once again, this blind spot of the experiment deems it unsafe for publication and widespread use.

Another reason for which FDA approval has been withheld is the blatant disinterest of the pharmaceutical companies in sponsoring the drug. Because it is an inexpensive byproduct, pharmaceutical companies worry about how their other more expensive, patented medicines would fare against such an inexpensive competitor. Hence, with no sponsor to push the process of legal matters, DMSO remains firmly shoved to the back of the shelf.

However, outside of US boundaries, use of DMSO is widespread and commercial, and, in fact, very popular. Even among the people of the US, DMSO is used to treat athletes and those who suffer from chronic pains, due to their profession or health. The matter, however, is kept behind closed doors. DMSO is used to treat:

  • Joint disease or arthrosis
  • Muscular pains
  • Damage to connective tissue
  • Bursa sac inflammation or bursitis
  • Inflammation of the bladder wall or interstitial cystitis
  • Chemotherapy caused tissue necrosis

DMSO is also used to deliver other medicines to pain spots. Most medicines can’t reach pain spot directly, but because of its ability to penetrate the skin, DMSO is a popular way to get other medications directly to pain spots.

DMSO medications, like other medications, have their own set of side-effects. DMSO creams have side-effects that include:

  • Stomach upsets
  • Visual disturbances
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Garlic-like odor from the body
  • Garlic-like taste in mouth
  • Headache
  • Skin burns (if improperly diluted)
  • Redness, itchiness or swelling of the skin

It is important to wash hands properly before and after the use of DMSO creams and products. Also, the area of application should also be cleaned thoroughly. The particles in the cream will directly penetrate the skin, so any unwanted particle, especially dust, should be removed before use.

Like all medications, DMSO creams should be used with care and not left unattended. If an allergic reaction should occur, a doctor should be consulted immediately, without any delay. Any and all information about the use of the product should be provided to the physician as soon as possible.

Last updated on Mar 11th, 2011 and filed under Drugs and Medications. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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