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Can antiinflammatory creams actually go through the skin and get higher doses to your ankle sprain, or do they get washed away by skin blood flow?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Topical NSAIDs

These types of creams penetrate the skin for localized effect.
There is very little systemic absorption.

In brief: Topical NSAIDs

These types of creams penetrate the skin for localized effect.
There is very little systemic absorption.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Absorbed

The medication gets absorbed by the skin not washed away and it will reach the area inflammed.
Much the same way if you take tylenol (acetaminophen) in knows how to get to your headache. Topicals are quite effective in doing their job.

In brief: Absorbed

The medication gets absorbed by the skin not washed away and it will reach the area inflammed.
Much the same way if you take tylenol (acetaminophen) in knows how to get to your headache. Topicals are quite effective in doing their job.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Effective

Topical anti-inflammatory creams such as voltaren (diclofenac) gel can be very effective.

In brief: Effective

Topical anti-inflammatory creams such as voltaren (diclofenac) gel can be very effective.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Bob Levine
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Creams can help

Anti-inflammatory cream can help because you avoid the side effects of stomach upset which can happen with oral medications.
Unless there are stomach problems, oral medications are considered more effective at controlling inflammation. Range of motion and strengthening exercises may be more effective in an ankle sprain . Initially rest, ice compression (wraps) and elevation aids healing.

In brief: Creams can help

Anti-inflammatory cream can help because you avoid the side effects of stomach upset which can happen with oral medications.
Unless there are stomach problems, oral medications are considered more effective at controlling inflammation. Range of motion and strengthening exercises may be more effective in an ankle sprain . Initially rest, ice compression (wraps) and elevation aids healing.
Dr. Bob Levine
Dr. Bob Levine
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