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dakotagirl
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   Posted 6/17/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Is anyone aware of any problems using topical NSAIDs such as aspercreme?

My chiro recommended aspercreme to help dissolve bruises quickly. I used it on my last IV bruise and it worked. However, I wanted to pick your brains to see if it's an okay type of thing to use...
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GardenerJames
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   Posted 6/17/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
ooh, that sounds good to me. I don't have an answer for you, but am also interested in that.
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Old Hat
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   Posted 6/17/2008 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting Rx from chiro! IV bruises in crook of arm can give me arthritis in elbow. Probably Judilyn can weigh in on safety of Aspercreme better than any of us lay people-- / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

pb4
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   Posted 6/17/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I would think it's fine, it's taking them orally that can promote intestinal bleeding for IBDers, topical should be safe, double check with your doc or pharmacy.

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   Posted 6/18/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I think they should be fine. The effect of NSAIDS is largely from direct contact with the lining of the digestive system. It's very alkaline and irritating, and will burn the tissue. Topical should be okay. Also, try putting warm compresses on the bruises starting after 24 hours. It increases the blood flow to the area and can speed re-absorption of the old blood in the bruis.

Funny, I almost always have a bruise from an IV or a blood draw, it never occurred to me to do anything but let them go away on their own.
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 6/18/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I really hadn't thought of doing anything about it either. But that particular bruise was rather large and ugly. So, when the chiro recommended the aspercreme, which I had at home for some hand pain, I decided to try it. Rather than taking a few weeks for the bruise to fade, it was gone in about a week.

New protocol for bruises - aspercreme and a heating pad!

Thanks all :)
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Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  close to remission?!?!?
25mg Pred, Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
1st Remicade infusion:  06/17/08
 
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pb4
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   Posted 6/18/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Bathing with epsom salts will actually heal bruises.

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Old Hat
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   Posted 6/18/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Caution, DG: it's moist heat that Judilyn is advocating-- right, Judy? Some of the salicylate creams say on the label NOT to use them together with heating pad. / Old Hat

dakotagirl
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   Posted 6/18/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
"Do not bandage tightly or use with a heating pad."

Good catch OldHat!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  close to remission?!?!?
25mg Pred, Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
1st Remicade infusion:  06/17/08
 
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