If it is what I'm thinking of, be very very very careful with it. A topical agent?<br><br>
Apparently I applied it with a bit too heavy a hand. As a result, it took the skin off of half of the sole of my foot due to severe blistering and inflammation. That was so painful I couldn't walk for a few days really.<br><br>
If it's something else ... never mind.
I had it given to me by an ortho doc for my knee. It worked well, but when initially applied, (yes, it was a topical agent in a roll one bottle) it was very tingly and was a bit uncomfortable for a few minutes. Once that was over, it seemed to help take away the pain.<br><br>
This is what I have and used.<br><br><a href="http://www.ihealthtree.com/dmso-roll-on-70-dmso-30-aloe-vera-3oz.html" target="_blank">http://www.ihealthtree.com/dmso-roll...-vera-3oz.html</a>
Thats funny...its a chemical we use in the lab so I looked it up. Along with being used for molecular biology it is apparently used as a anti-inflammatory because it goes through the skin (it is apparently used in horse linament).
We used to use it on horses when I was younger, but like MG said, it's a chemical we use in the lab. It has a very distinctive odor and can burn your skin if you use too much. I pulled up the following information from an on-line MSDS:<br><br><br>
General: DMSO has shown very few toxic symptoms in humans. The most common are nausea, skin rashes and an unusual garlic-onion-oyster smell on body and breath.<br>
Inhalation: High vapor concentrations may cause headache, dizziness, and sedation.<br>
Eyes: Low hazard for usual industrial/ commercial handling by trained personnel.<br>
Skin: Stinging and burning of the skin as well as rashes and vesicles have been seen. A heat reaction may occur if applied to wet skin. Avoid contact with DMSO solutions containing toxic material or materials whose toxicological properties are not known. DMSO easily penetrates the skin and may enhance the rate of skin absorption of skin-permeable substances. But because of DMSO’s low toxicity and its inability to carry less-permeable substances with it through the skin, it can be concluded that DMSO does not pose a significant threat by skin absorption.<br>
Ingestion: A low ingestion hazard.<br>
HMIS AND NFPA HAZARD RATINGS: Health - 1, Flammability - 1, Chemical Reactivity - 0
Having used it on horses in the past, I figured I'd give DMSO a try when I had a severe bout of post tib tendonitis. Applied properly, you might experience some mild irritation but I have VERY sensative skin and didn't have any adverse reactions.<br><br>
Be aware that the stinky side effect of DMSO is no small thing. I used it for about a week and it took at least twice that long to stop stinking. It's not a little stink either. It's bad. Really, really bad. Your breath will stink. Your sweat will stink. If you fart you may actually kill your house plants.<br><br>
My DH has forbidden me to ever even speak about using it again. He definately did not appreciate the smell. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
Thanks all for the input! As a result of being in a cast for 6 weeks, I'm left with some really tight tendons. Nothing terribly painful, but I did remember reading about this stuff in the past. I may just pass for now. Then again, I do share office space with a complete bastard, and wouldn't mind making life a bit more unpleasant for him!