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My diabetic obese friend has foot pain and some numbness. Is it ok for him to use a menthol gel like biofreeze (2-4%) menthol, on his feet ?
Control risk factors: Menthol is ok but it is only treating the symptom. Your friend needs to treat the cause of the foot pain/numbness which in a diabetic is a signal for neuropathy. He needs to control his blood sugar level, blood pressure (circulation) and cholesterol levels. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ever hear of bio freeze gel? Does it wrk for head pressure. Headache. ? If not what can I try other then meds
Is bio-freeze or other topically applied arthritic gel a nono during pregnancy? Horrible migraines, will be applied to neck and back of head if okay.
Maybe: I just checked the biofreeze website and drugs.Com. Basically, it uses menhol applied topically to control pain, with some success. Drugs.Com said that there are no studies done to prove or disprove safety in pregnancy. Therefore, i wouldn't use it unless your ob/gyn has had some success with it and recommends it as O.K. ...Read more
Wasake gel: Wasake gel is a derivative of silica gel which is a non-toxic substance. Unless eaten in substantial quantities, it is unlikely to cause harm, but rather will be passed unchanged through the digestive system. It is not a food however, and thus not designed to be ingested. ...Read more
Very expensive : Acthar gel was in vogue many decades ago and was used to treat a disorder called infantile spasms as well as other conditions that were causing inflammation of organ systems. It is an animal derived endocrine substance that would stimulate the human adrenal gland to release a hormone called cortisol. Long term benefits/side effects are similar to the much cheaper steroids such as Prednisone . ...Read more
Neither is best.: Either one is only safe to be used in conjunction with a condom, diaphragm or other barrier method to prevent the bulk of the semen from presenting to the cervix. The spermicide is helpful only in killing off the few sperm who may escape the blockage of the other measures. Most diaphragms are marketed with a cream, so most likely is the better form. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer