Are joint aches and pains keeping you up at night and making life difficult during the day? Doctors and pharmacists often recommend arthritis creams to help patients with mild joint discomfort or muscle aches. At Walgreens, we offer a selection of topical creams that can temporarily relieve achy muscles and joints due to arthritis.
What Is Capsaicin?
Some of the most popular arthritis creams are formulated with an ingredient called capsaicin, the ingredient that gives chili peppers their hot properties. When applied to the skin, capsaicin can have an effect on nerves reducing a substance that sends pain signals to the brain. Once applied, capsaicin creams penetrate beneath the skin to help you get rapid pain relief. Unlike some topical creams, capsaicin arthritis products are available in an odor-free formula. Always use as directed.
Is Camphor Good for Arthritis?
Some arthritis creams contain other ingredients that can help to temporarily relieve minor joint and muscle aches and discomfort. One such ingredient is camphor. Pharmacists and doctors sometimes recommend creams and ointments containing camphor for people with mild pain or itching. This compound helps to temporarily mask pain by producing a feeling of warmth on the skin. In some arthritis creams, camphor is combined with other ingredients like menthol and salicylates which can offer fast and effective pain relief. These ingredients may work together to temporarily deaden pain sensations. They're also available in extra-strength form for tough joint or muscle aches.
You can count on arthritis creams to work quickly. Some creams are formulated to feel cool when you first apply them and become gradually warmer as they respond to the temperature of your skin. Some also contain skin-soothing ingredients like aloe and essential oils that pamper your skin and help to reduce irritation.